Ashura Processions Pass Off Peacefully

Police foils bid to take out procession from Abi Guzar
SRINAGAR:  Youm-e-Ashura was observed on Friday with reverence and religious fervour throughout the  Jammu & Kashmir to pay tributes to Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions for their supreme sacrifices.

Every year, this day is observed on 10th of Muharram to commemorate the supreme sacrifice rendered by Imam Hussain and his 72 companions at Karbala to uphold the truth.

Alam and Zuljanah processions were taken out in all districts across Kashmir.

In Srinagar, the main Zuljanah procession was taken out from Bota Kadal amid tight security arrangements.

Thousands of Azadars participated in the procession which after passing through Mohalla Syed Afzal, Alamgari Bazar and culminated at Zadibal Imambargah in the night. Zuljinah procession was led by Shia Association vice president Abid Ansari. Prof Saifudin Soz of Congress party also joined the procession to express solidarity.

In the evening Majlis-e-Sham-e-Ghariban  was held at Astana Alya Nabdipora, Hawal which was addressed by Maulana Abbas Ansari.

The main Zuljanah procession in Srinagar which was taken out from Abi Guzar upto Zadibal before the outbreak of militancy remains banned eversince.

A small group of mourners tried to defy ban in Lal Chowk but were immediately whisked away by police to nearby Kothibagh police station. The group was led by Agha Syed Mujtaba, son of senior Shia leader Agha Syed Hassan, who himself led a massive procession in Budgam.

Reports said that Ashura processions were also taken out in Baarji Harwan, Bemina, Gund Khwaja Qasim, Mirgund,  Hanjivera, Balhama, Panear, Tral, Divsar Kulgam, Sofipora Pahalgam, Chattergul, Achbal, Dangerpora, Sonawari and scores of other places.

In central Kashmir’s Budgam district Ashura processions was taken out from Gazi Manzil to Imambara Yousufabad, Magam, Iskinderpora Beeru and Sonpah Beeru. The biggest procession was taken out from Mirgund to Imambargah Budgam.

In Ganderbal district Ashura processions were taken out at Bot Kullan and Dub.

Ashura processions were also taken out in Ladakh’s remote Turtuk, Partappora and Chushut. The biggest Ashura procession was reported from Kargil town where thousands of mourners participated in the procession.

Thousands assembled in Imam Bara of Poyeen and took out a procession which moved through main market of Kargil town with one  ending at Islamia school Kargil and another at Youth Park Kargil.
A police official said that situation in Kashmir Valley remained peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.

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