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Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi takes part in a Muharram procession at Bhadari village in Phulpur near Prayagraj.

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Shiites during a Muharram procession to mourn the martyrdom of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, in Ajmer.

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Shiites carry a 'Tazia', or a replica of the coffin of Imam Hussein during a Muharram procession to mourn the martyrdom of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, in Prayagraj. Muharram is considered as one of the sacred months of the Islamic lunar calendar.

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Shiite women during a Muharram procession to mourn the martyrdom of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, in New Delhi. Shiites mark Ashoura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq in the 7th century.

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Shiites mourn during a Muharram procession in Bhopal.

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Children display placards as they take part in a Muharram procession in Shimla.

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People participate in a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kolkata.

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People participate in a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kolkata.

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Shiite mourners beat their chests during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kolkata.

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Actors perform Tazieh, a traditional play re-enacting the death of Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad and 72 of his companions, a day ahead of Ashoura, in downtown Tehran, Iran.

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A girl watches Shiite children beat themselves with chains during a Muharram procession in Baghdad, Iraq. Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is a month of mourning for Shiites in remembrance of the death of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq in the 7th century.

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Muslim devotees carry 'Tazia' during a Muharram procession, in Ajmer.

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Hindus and Muslims perform rituals during Ganesh Chaturthi and Muharram, in Hubballi.

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People participate in a procession of flags during the sacred Islamic month Muharram in Ajmer.

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Muslim women look at the procession being taken out during the sacred Islamic month of Muharram, in Ajmer.

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Muslims brandish swords during a Muharram procession at Vijay Chowk, in New Delhi, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

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Muslim man flagellates himself with knives tied to a chain during Muharram procession, in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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A drone monitors crowds at a Muharram rally in tension-hit east Delhi, November ’14

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Ssecularism A mahapanchayat in Bawana, Delhi, ordains it won’t allow the Moharram procession through the area; scared Muslims oblige

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Shiite Muslim worshippers, stained by their own blood from self inflicted wounds, hold knives during a procession to mark the Muslim festival of Ashoura, an important period of mourning for Shiites in the Kadimiyah area of Baghdad, Iraq. The festival of Ashoura commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, The grandson of Prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala, Iraq, in the year A.D. 680.

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Blood is seen on the floor of a mosque as Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession marking Ashura, in New Delhi. Muharram is a month of mourning for Shiite Muslims in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Pakistani Shiite Muslim women touch a horse, symbolizing the horse that carried Imam Hussein during the battle of Karbala, to pay tribute during Ashoura in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Ashoura is the remembrance of the 680 A.D. battle in which their saint and grandson of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, Hussein, was killed by rival cementing the split in Islam between Shiites and Sunnis.

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Young Shiite Muslim boys flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession marking Ashura, in New Delhi. Muharram is a month of mourning for Shiite Muslims in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Shiite Muslim women mourn as they watch a Muharram procession in Mumbai. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

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Policemen stand at a closed market during restrictions in Srinagar. Police imposed restrictions some parts of Srinagar to prevent Shia Muslims from taking part in Muharram procession. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

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A Shiite boy flagellates himself witha sharp razor blade attached to a string during a Muharram procession in Chennai.

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Shia mourners take out Ashoora procession in violation of the prohibitory orders in Srinagar.

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A Shiite boy is given a cut on the forehead with knife during a Muharram procession in Chennai.

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Historic Bibi Ka Alam procession passing through Charminar during Muharram in old city of Hyderabad.

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A Shiite Muslim shouts slogans as he is detained along with others during a Muharram procession in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslims take part in a Muharram procession in Srinagar.

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A paramedic cleans blood off the face of a Kashmiri Shiite Muslim during a Muharram procession in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri Muslims watch a Muharram procession in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Srinagar.

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Blood runs down the face of a Kashmiri Shiite Muslim as he participates in a Muharram procession in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslims shout slogans against Israel and the U.S. as they protest against Israeli military operations in Gaza, during a Muharram procession in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslims take part in a Muharram procession in Srinagar.

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Shiite men flagellate themselves during a procession to mark Muharram in Chennai. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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A Kashmiri Shiite mourner lights candles near burning coals before walking on them in the village of Khanda near Srinagar. Shiite Muslims walk on burning coals as part of the Maatam ritual during Muharram, a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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A paramedic tries to stop a Kashmiri Shiite Muslim flagellating himself during a Muharram procession in Srinagar. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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Pilgrims crowd at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti ahead of Moharram in Ajmer.

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Devout Shia Muslims join in the traditional 'shahi zari ka juloos' in Lucknow. The procession marked the commencement of Muharram.

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Shi'ite Muslims devotees touch symbolic coffins during a Chehallum (40th day of Muharram) procession in Allahabad.

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Shiite Muslims carry 72 symbolic coffins in remembrance of the seventh century martyrs of Karbala, during a procession in Lucknow. Shiite Muslims around the world mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed and other martyrs during Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar and the following month of Safar.

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Shiite Muslims carry 72 symbolic coffins in remembrance of the seventh century martyrs of Karbala, during a procession in Lucknow. Shiite Muslims around the world mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed and other martyrs during Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar and the following month of Safar.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai talks with the victims who were wounded in suicide bomb attack at Ashura mourning procession, as he visits the victims at Emergency Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. 59 Afghan civilians were killed and more than 130 injured in a suicide bombing at a shrine in Kabul‘s old city on 06 December, where hundreds of worshippers had gathered to observe the last day of Muharram.

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Members of Shia sect taking out a procession, "Loota Hua Kafila", in the memory of Imam Hussain during Moharram in Lucknow.

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A young Indian Shiite Muslim cries as an elder makes a cut on his forehead with a knife during a procession to mark Ashura in Hyderabad. Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, observed around the world in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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Muslims carry out a Tazia during a Muharram procession Badi Chaupad, in Jaipur.

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Muslims and Hindus carry 'taziyas' as they take out a joint Muharram procession at Rajnagar in Birbhum.

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Afghan Shiites beat themselves with knives during a Muharram procession in Kabul, Afghanistan. A suicide bombing tore through a crowd of Shiite worshipers marking a holy day in the Afghan capital, the deadliest of twin attacks that killed scores of people in a rare burst of violence targeting the minority Islamic sect.

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A Pakistani girl stand among the Shiite Muslims offering midday prayers prior to a Muharram procession in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Pakistani Shiite Muslims hold knifes attached to chains prior to flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Lahore, Pakistan. Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar is observed around the world for ten days of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslim Youth throw stones at security forces as policemen fire tear gas at protesting Kashmiri Shiite Muslim youth during Muharram procession in Srinagar.

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Police chasing Shia Muslims during a Muharram Procession at Jahangir Chowk in Srinagar. Strict security restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar to thwart a Muharram procession by the Shia community.

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Kashmiri Muslims shout anti-government slogans near burning tires set up as road blockade by protesters during a protest in Srinagar. Dozens of residents protested against government for power cuts during the Muharram, the mourning month for Muslims.

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Shiite Muslims carry symbolic coffin during a Muharram procession in Allahabad. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Calcutta.

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A Bangladeshi Shiite Muslim breathes out fire during a Muharram procession in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Shiite Muslim prepares to put a cut on the forehead of a child being held by his father, during a Muharram procession in Hyderabad.

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Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in New Delhi.

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Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in New Delhi.

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Shia Muslims take part in a Muharram procession in Bhopal.

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A security jawan checking identity card of a man at a closed road during curfew at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. Authorities have imposed curfew in the view of Moharram processions.

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A Pakistani Shiite Muslim boy flagellates himself with knifes during a Muharram procession in Lahore, Pakistan. Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar is observed around the world for ten days of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Srinagar.

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A Pakistani Shiite Muslim boy flagellates himself with knifes during a Muharram procession in Lahore. Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar is observed around the world for ten days of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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Pakistani Shiite Muslims burn Israeli and U.S. flags during a Muharram procession in Karachi.

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Pakistani Shiite Muslims offer mid-day prayer during a Muharram procession in Karachi. Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar is observed around the world for ten days of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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An injured Shiite Muslim weeps as he is held by his mate as they are taken into custody in a police van during a Muharram procession in Srinagar. Police fired tear gas and swung batons to disperse hundreds of Muslims participating in religious processions in Kashmir. Large public gatherings have been banned in Kashmir since the outbreak of an insurgency in 1989 by nearly a dozen groups demanding the Himalayan region's independence from India, or its merger with neighboring Pakistan.

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslims throw stones at policemen after they were stopped during a Muharram procession in Srinagar. Police fired tear gas and swung batons to disperse hundreds of Muslims participating in religious processions in Kashmir. Large public gatherings have been banned in Kashmir since the outbreak of an insurgency in 1989 by nearly a dozen groups demanding the Himalayan region's independence from India, or its merger with neighboring Pakistan.

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CRPF jawan stands guard in a deserted street during curfew in Srinagar. The curfew has been imposed in the view of Muharram processions.

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A Kashmiri Shiite Muslim boy bleeds as he flagellates himself during a Muharram procession in Srinagar. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslims shout slogans against the U.S. during a Muharram procession in Srinagar. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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A Shiite Muslim burns dried seeds to purify the surroundings during Muharram procession in Jammu.

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Shiite Muslim women participate in a Muharram procession in Jammu. Shiite Muslim dressed in mourning black, beat their chests with bare hands and lash their shoulders with iron chains, rituals meant to show their grief over the death Imam Hussein, grandson of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Known as Ashoura and observed by Shiites across the world, the occasion will culminate on Friday, the 10th day of the lunar Muslim month of Muharram.

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Afghan Shiite Muslims beat themselves with knives attached to a chain duringa Muharram procession in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan Shiite Muslim beats their chests during Muharram procession in Kabul, Afghanistan. Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar is observed around the world for ten days of mourning in remembrance of martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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A Shia Muslim bleeds himself with a jagged sword during a Muharram procession, in Mumbai.

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Police remove a burning tire from the road during a Muharram procession in Srinagar. Police fired warning shots in the air and used tear gas shells and batons to break up hundreds of people participating in religious processions in Kashmir.

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Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Ahmedabad.

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Muslim Shiites flagellate themselves with chained knives while a man sprays "rose-water" on them during the religious rite of Ashoura, as part of Muharram in Kolkata. Millions of Shiites participated in Muharram, which marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammed and 71 of his followers in Karbala, Iraq in 7th Century.

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Indian leaders from different religions take oath on the Muslim festival of Muharram to maintain communal harmony in Ahmadabad. The leaders are, left to right, Congress leader Amarsingh Chowdhery, Muslim leader Gulam Hussain Kureshi, Hindu leader Dharmananden Swami, and Sikh leader Sardar Umesh Singh. The state of Gujarat is passing through the worst communal violence in recent history.

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A boy is reluctant to hand over his knives after beating himself during a Muharram procession in Peshawar, Thursday, March 13, 2003.

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1 MarchYoung Muslim mourners beat themselves with daggers tied to iron chains during an early morning Muharram procession in Allahabad. Muharram is a month of mourning when Shiite Muslims recall the seventh-century death of Hussain, grandson of Prophet Mohammad.

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Pakistani troops take part in a full dress rehearsal in Lahore to ensure peace during mourning days of Muharram, which commemorates the death of the brother of Imam Hussein, one of the most important figures in the Shia religion.

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A U.S. military helicopter flies above as a Shiite follower rides his horse in a parade to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein in the Kadimiyah area of Baghdad, in the lead-up to the day of Ashoura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram. The Iraqi Election Commmision today certified that the Shiite-dominated United Iraqi Alliance party has won a majority of seats in Iraq's new transitional Parliament. The party, which got 48% of the vote in the 30 January election, was allocated 140 seats, while the Kurdish parties have 75 seats. Interim PM Iyad Allawi's Iraqi list has ended up with only 40 seats. The new 275-seat National Assembly will now have to choose a President and two Vice-Presidents, who will then decide on a Prime minister and cabinet. The United Iraqi Alliance will have to form coalitions with other parties to govern, as a two-thirds majority of delegates is needed to pass legislation in the Assembly.

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A Shiite follower in Najaf carries mock-heads of two of Imam Hussein's relatives, during a re-enactment of the death of Imam Hussein in the lead-up to the day of Ashoura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram.

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Sunday 20 FebruaryBurned rickshaws litter the streets of Lucknow, after Shiite -Sunni clashes during a Muharram procession left three people dead and 20 others injured. The clashes erupted when Shiites were taking out a tazia (replica of the Imam Hussain's tomb at Karbala in Iraq) procession through the Hussainabad locality in old Lucknow city, and some members of the Sunni sect allegedly objected to their route. Both the communities indulged in heavy stone pelting, damaged some vehicles and set ablaze some houses and shops, prompting the authorities to impose a curfew. Muharram processions were banned in Lucknow in 1976 after similar clashes, but were allowed in 1999 following an agreement between the two sects.

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A policeman fires a tear gas shell to disperse Kashmiri Shiite Muslims during the Muharram procession in Srinagar. Local administration had earlier banned all processions in the civilian areas of the city.

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Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008. Muharram is a month of mourning when Shiite Muslims recall the seventh-century death of Hussain, grandson of Prophet Mohammad.

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslim mourners flagellate themselves during a procession ahead of Muharram in Srinagar. Muharram is a month of mourning when Shiite Muslims observe the seventh-century death of Hussein, grandson of Islam's prophet, Muhammed. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

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Tuesday 30 January
Riots after riots. Several parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh witnessed communal riots this week after hundreds of supporters of Hindu Yuva Vahini went on rampage over the arrest of their leader and BJP MP from Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath. The trouble began when a procession on the seventh day of Muharram in Khunipur area was disrupted due to stone pelting from nearby houses, leading to clashes between two communities. Soon after the arrest of BJP MP on charges of inciting violence, his supporters indulged in rampant violence across the district torching several vehicles and attempting to set a train on fire, prompting clamping of curfew in several areas. While several BJP leaders and as many as 300 sadhus were detained while attempting to enter Gorakhpur, union minister of state for home, Sri Prakash Jaiswal was also told not to visit the curfew-bound areas. Nearly 600 hundred people have been arrested under various offence—77 of them under serious offences like rioting and breach of peace. One police constable has also been arrested on charges of raping a 20-year old girl on Thursday during curfew hours.

A soldier of Pakistan's para-military force stands amid the area where a suicide bomber killed Shiite Muslims in Ustarzai near Hangu, Pakistan. At least 31 people were killed and scores injured in the attack on a Shiite Muslim procession marking Muharram in north-western Pakistan, setting off riots with angry faithful torching shops and vehicles prompting authorities to impose curfew. A series of explosions ripped through the procession in the main market of the North-West Frontier Province's Hangu town, some 200 kilometres north-west of Islamabad, between 9.30 am and 9.40 am. Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao said the army had taken control of the area and curfew was imposed to check further violence.

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