Itehadul Muslimeen president Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari said on Thursday that Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was a martyr for every Kashmiri and those mourning the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) are an inseparable part of Kashmir struggle.
He said that a Kashmiri mother telling her militant son not to surrender during a raging gunfight was the “lesson taught to us by Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) who preferred martyrdom to surrender before the oppressor”.
Masroor, who led a massive Muharram procession, told a gathering of mourners at Alamgari Bazar: “Burhan Wani is our martyr. We raised his portrait in our processions. We want freedom and we are not going to bow before the oppressor. Our commitment towards our martyrs is evidence enough that we are an inseparable part of Kashmir movement.”
“If police want to register an FIR they should begin with me. I raised his (Burhan’s) portrait. If they want to hang me for this I am ready.”
He said if the police book “a handful of people” carrying Burhan’s portrait, 50,000 people “will court arrest”.
Mourners have been seen chanting pro-Burhan slogans and displaying his pictures in Muharram processions during the past few days.
“We will continue to display photographs of our leaders and all those who are fighting oppression,” he said.
The biggest 9th Muharram procession, which was led by Masroor, started from Mandbal, Nowshehra and passed through various areas of downtown before ending at Zadibal. People were seen offering refreshments to the mourners. The mourners were chanting pro-Islam, pro-freedom and pro-Imam Hussain (AS) slogans.
A Muharram procession started at Gaw Kadal and ended peacefully at Imam Bara Chinkral Mohalla. Another big procession was organised under the banner of Anjuman-e-Islamia at Pantha Chowk, in which hundreds of youth, women and children participated.
Muharram processions were held in Budgam, Bandipora, Sumbal and other parts of Kashmir.
Meanwhile, residents of Naidyar, Rainawari, alleged police resorted to indiscriminate tear canister shelling and smashed window panes after. The row erupted over police objecting to a stall offering refreshments for mourners.
A resident said police were probably infuriated by a banner of Burhan Wani hanging from a wall.
However, Srinagar superintendent of police Imtiaz Ismail said the incident had nothing to do with Muharram procession.
“The mourners dispersed peacefully. Some miscreants pelted the police party with stones at the time of withdrawal of forces. We used minimum force to control the miscreants,” he said.