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Strict curfew imposed in Srinagar to prevent Muharram procession
Jammu & Kashmir

Strict curfew imposed in Srinagar to prevent Muharram procession

Agency News

Srinagar, Sep 10: Strict curfew restrictions were imposed in Srinagar on Tuesday to prevent Zuljanah and Tazia processions, on the tenth day of Muharram.

The processions have been banned in the summer capital since 1990, for security reasons. However despite restrictions, Muharram was observed at the main town of Budgam, where all the roads were closed to prevent people from outside, to enter the area.

Governor Satya Pal Malik has paid tributes to the martyrs of Karbela.

Curfew has been imposed, since early this morning and people were directed by security forces to remain indoors in Srinagar. All roads leading to Abi Guzar, where Shia mourners used to take out Zuljanah and Tazia processions, were closed. The procession used to culminate in the evening at Zadibal in the downtown, after marching through Civil Lines and Old City.

Roads leading to Civil Lines were also sealed with barbed wires and nobody was being allowed to enter the city, from outskirts and uptown.

All roads leading to main Budgam town were closed. However, thousands of mourners assembled at Jamia Masjid in Budgam, to pay tributes to Hazrat Imam Hussian, grandson of Prophet Mohammed and his companion, who made supreme sacrifice and Karbela, more than 1400 years ago. Meanwhile, life remained crippled elsewhere since August 5 in the valley, where people were observing strike against scrapping of Articles 370 and 35 A.

Business and other activities remained crippled and mobile and internet services remain suspended for the 37th day in the valley, where train service also remained shut for security reasons. (UNI)