Restrictions put in place to prevent Muharram processions

Restrictions put in place to prevent Muharram processions

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Kashmir to prevent people from taking out the Muharram processions to mark the eighth day of 10-day mourning period on Friday.

The restrictions on the movement and assembly of people under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) was imposed in Budgam and Baramulla districts and parts of Srinagar district in order to prevent gathering and assembling of people.

The curbs were witnessed in Shaheedgunj, Maisuma, Maulana Azad Road, Ram MunshiBagh, and partially in Batamaloo area of Srinagar district.

The traditional Muharram procession, to mark the eighth day of the 10-day Muharram mourning period, used to pass through these areas, but have been banned since the eruption of militancy in 1990, as authorities maintain that the religious gatherings have been used for propagating separatist politics in the region.

The officials said that security forces were deployed in strength just to prevent any untoward incident as the restrictions were imposed to maintain ‘law and order’ in these areas in view of the eighth day of Muharram.

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