Srinagar- Authorities on Tuesday imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar to prevent traditional 8th Muharram procession that remains banned since the onset of militancy in the erstwhile state in early 90’s.
Report said that that in view of Muharram procession that was scheduled to be taken out from Abi Guzar today, restrictions were imposed in Maisuma, Abiguzar, TRC, Dalgate, Budshah Bridge, Gaw Kadal and Kralkhud areas.
Pertinently, on August 2, the administration modified the directions issued last month regarding the Muharram processions / gatherings stating that appropriate decisions for suitable action will be taken by the District Magistrates’ in consultation with police, health and other stakeholders.
The two major processions of 8th and 10th Muharram were banned in 1989 by the then Governor Jagmohan after militancy broke out in the Valley. Only small mourning rallies and processions are allowed in a few areas with sizeable Shia population.
In Valley, the Shia Muslims used to take out processions from several parts of uptown Srinagar on 8th and 10th Muharram that culminated at Dalgate and the historic Zadibal Imam Bara. However, after the onset of militancy, the religious processions were banned by the government.
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