Kargil admin bans Muharram procession from entering town

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The administration of Kargil district of Ladakh region has banned Muharram processions from entering the town area, saying it was for the “safety of mourners”.

The ban on the procession, the District Magistrate of Kargil-Ladakh, in an order said, was part of “preventive measures of Covid-19 SOPs”.

The order however allowed the gathering of up to 300 people, which is violative of Covid SOPs that allows assembly of only 20 persons.  

“No processions shall be allowed to enter the town from surrounding villages on the day of 9th and 10th Muharram,” the order read.

The order has been issued at a time when Shia mourners were assaulted and detained by police on Tuesday in Srinagar which led to clashes in several parts of the city.

Kargil has predominantly Shia population and the influence of two seminaries – Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust (IKMT) and Anjuma-e-Jamiatul Ulama Isna Ashria (AJUIA) – is dominant in the district.

“The religious organisations shall ensure peaceful movement of the processions with limited gathering of maximum 300 persons led by AJUIA and IKMT as per timing fixed,” the order said.

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