Roads leading to Hazratbal Shrine closed

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Policemen patrol outside Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar, on Sunday. (Photo: Abid Bhat / KO)

SRINAGAR – All roads leading to Hazratbal shrine, which houses the holy relic of Prophet Mohammad, on the bank of Dal Lake were on Saturday closed on the eve of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi.

A police official said that there was no curfew in any part of the city though restrictions under section 144 CrPc were imposed in Srinagar as a precautionary measure. “Security forces have been deployed in strength to maintain law and order in the city,” he said.

However, the situation on the ground was entirely different as all roads leading to the shrine have been closed with barbed wires. Security forces have been directing people since early morning to take alternative routes to their respective destinations.

Meanwhile, people living around the shine have alleged that no arrangements have been made for holding prayers in the shrine. “Snow has not been cleared from the field and the surrounding areas of the shine, where people used to gather for special night-long players. No arrangements, including heating system, have been put in place for the occasion,” Nadim Ahmad, a resident of Hazratbal, told UNI over the phone.

Sources said that curb on vehicular movement towards the shrine were taken to prevent devotees from gathering at Hazratbal Shrine, where special prayers were organized every year on the eye of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad.

Lakhs of devotees used to gather at the shrine every year on the eye of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi to take part in special night long prayers followed by displaying the holy relic after every prayer the next day.


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