SRINAGAR: Authorities have imposed restrictions in several areas of Srinagar to prevent Muharram mourners from participating in processions on Sunday, the eighth day of the Islamic calendar.
Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in large numbers at Lal Chowk and adjoining areas, including Maisuma, MA Road and Dalgate as well as in downtown areas such as Bota Kadal, Alamragri Bazar and Hawal.
The security establishment has placed coils of concertina wires and stationed mobile bunkers on roads to prevent any movement of people. The restrictions caused a lot of inconvenience to commuters passing through these areas.
The authorities have already announced that no Muharram procession will be allowed on the eighth Muharram through the city centre.
The announcement by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Muhammad Ajaz Assad followed a detailed meeting involving all the “field magistrates and police officers” as well as taking into consideration “reports by intelligence agencies”.
“Law & order and security concerns are the topmost priority of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, keeping in view the larger public interest and safety of its citizens,” the deputy commissioner, who is also the district magistrate, had said in the order.
“In view of the facts and circumstances read in conjunction with the reports of intelligence agencies thereof, more particularly the security concerns of the District Srinagar with respect to Muharram, the processions therein cannot be allowed on the Gurubazar towards Buchwara (Dalgate) and Abi-Guzar towards Zadibal routes respectively, keeping in mind the public interest, law & order and security.”
Two major processions on the eighth and 10th Muharram were banned in 1989 by the then administration. Since then, no processions have been allowed till now.