Muharram procession foiled in Srinagar, Budgam; several detained

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Authorities on Friday foiled the Muharram processions in several areas of Srinagar and Budgam districts while as several mourners were detained after they tried to defy curbs and take out processions at different places, reported a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

The authorities had imposed restrictions in and around the areas where Muharram processions were scheduled to be carried out today.

Shia Muslims tried to carry out Muharram processions today at Regal Chowk, Abi Guzar, Batamaloo near Fire service, Jehangir Chowk, MA Road, Polo View park, and in Budgam areas. Witnessed told the agency that all these processions were foiled by the authorities during which several Shia Muslims were detained, who were released later.

“A huge contingent of police and paramilitary men were deployed in the roads today who had also erected concertina wires, thus halting the pedestrians as well as the vehicular movement in the restriction bound areas,” a witness said.

Earlier on Thursday, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pk Pole while chairing a meeting regarding arrangements had stated that restrictions shall continue on all religious processions and gatherings in all districts.

During the meeting, the Shia Anjumans extended their full support to the administration with assurance that no procession or any other outside gathering shall be conducted during these days.

Div Com sought support from these religious bodies and urged them to sensitize people about avoiding all religious processions and gatherings in wake of COVID-19.

The government hasn’t allowed the 8th day Muharram procession in the city since 1990, claiming these processions would lead to law and order problems in the city. (KNO)

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