Kashmiris shouting for freedom in Meeraj-un-Nabi day /PHOTO

Thousands of protesters took the streets in Kashmir on shouting against India in Meeraj-un-Nabi day following authorities lifted a four-day curfew.

Kashmiris shouting for freedom in Meeraj-un-Nabi day /PHOTO

 

Thousands of protesters took the streets in Kashmir on Saturday shouting against India in Meeraj-un-Nabi day following authorities lifted a four-day curfew.

Leading pro-independent leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led the procession of thousands of Kashmiris through the streets of downtown Srinagar, urban hub of a two-decade struggle against New Delhi's rule that has claimed thousands of lives.

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Thousands of protesters took the streets in Kashmir on Saturday shouting against India in Meeraj-un-Nabi day following authorities lifted a four-day curfew.

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Indan troops killed at least 15 people during protests in the past three weeks, amid the biggest demonstrations against Indian rule in two years across Muslim Kashmir, Reuters said.

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Many local people blame security forces for the deaths.

"Tomorrow there is a major festival at Hazratbal shrine and therefore there will be relaxation of curfew from tonight till late evening tomorrow," Indian Home (Interior) Secretary Gopal Pillai told state-run television on Friday.

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In many parts of Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital, people swarmed into grocery shops when the curfew was lifted, having run out of food since the restrictions were imposed, witnesses said.

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Every year, tens of thousands of Kashmiri Muslims throng to Hazratbal shrine, the holiest in the region, to celebrate Meeraj-un-Nabi, the ascension of the Prophet Mohammad to heaven. The celebrations started in Kashmir on Friday evening.

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The shrine holds a relic that many believe is a hair from the beard of the Prophet Mohammad.

Earlier in the day, thousands of people defied a curfew in north Kashmir and took to the streets shouting "we want freedom."
 

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Police used batons and fired in the air to enforce the curfew, and said at least 20 people were wounded in the clashes.

"We condemn innocent killings," Farooq chanted through a loudspeaker as residents shouted back in unison, "Farooq, we are with you".
 

Agencies

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