Govt Curbs Likely To Foil Traditional Ashura March

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SRINAGAR (ONS) – Upholding the 22-year-old ban on the Ashura procession on its traditional route in central Srinagar, the government on Monday said restrictions would be enforced in Lal Chowk and Abi Guzar as a ‘precautionary measure.’

The procession, which traditionally emerged from Abi Guzar and culminated in the Zadibal area of Old Srinagar after passing through a vast city tract, stands banned on the route since the eruption of militancy in Kashmir.

The police today hinted that “restrictions” would be enforced in some old city areas too, naming the stretch from Ali Masjid near Eidgah upto Hawal.

It said that this was being done to safeguard public life and property.

Since the ban on the main route, the Ashura procession in Srinagar is taken out in the interior areas of downtown Zadibal.

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