shura was Thursday observed with respect and religious sanctity across Jammu and Kashmir while government imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar to prevent processions in the city-center.
The day is observed as a symbol of sacrifice and mourning recalling the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), in the battle of Karbala on the 10th of Muharram, over 1356 years ago.
The processions started from various areas and marched towards Zadibal amid tight security arrangements.
Mourners, old and young, men and women, holding black flags and wearing black dresses, took out several processions from various localities including Lal Bazar, Bagwanpora, Bota Kadal, Hawal and Alamgari Bazar of the old city which converged at Zadibal where main Zuljinah procession was carried out.
Senior religious leaders of the community were also part of the processions which passed off peacefully, the officials said.
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However, the authorities did not allow the procession from the traditional route- Abi Guzar in the heart of Srinagar.
Peaceful processions were also reported from other Shia-dominated areas of the Valley including Budgam town, Pattan, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Baramulla districts.
There was no untoward incident reported from anywhere, the officials said.
“We had not laid any restriction, there are only some regulations in place to maintain law and order,” official sources told Good Morning Kashmir.
Shops and business establishments remained open in the heart of the city. However, armored vehicles were parked at all entry points to Lal Chowk.