Srinagar : Even as the district administration imposed restrictions in Srinagar parts, the authorities on Friday foiled the Muharram procession bid in City centre.
The Shiite mourners appeared at Lal chowk here to carry out a procession and raised slogans in favour of Islam and Karbala martyrs.
Holding banners, the Shiite mourners mostly youth wearing black dress tried to carry out a procession in City centre. However, the bid was foiled by police personnel, who were already present there.
Witnesses said that Police and paramilitary troopers were deployed in large number in the restriction bound areas. The forces had erected concertina wires to thwart the vehicular and the pedestrian movement in the areas, they added.
The administration has disallowed the procession due to the ongoing pandemic. Restrictions were put in place to foil Friday’s processions as well.
Barricades were set up at several city junctions, causing massive traffic jams around Lal Chowk, especially during office hours.
Shops at marketplaces in and around Lal Chowk and several other areas of the city are shut due to restrictions.
In wake of Covid-19, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K Pole on Thursday also said that restrictions shall continue on all religious processions and gatherings in all districts.
He appealed people to show their cooperation at this juncture as Covid-19 cases were on rise in Kashmir and any carelessness can prove disastrous for the entire society.
The Div Com instructed all DCs and SSPs to cooperate and extend their support to people for hassle-free holding of majalis.
Notably, on 10th of Muharram – Youm-e-Ashoora –Imam Hussain (A.S) was martyred 1400 years ago in Karbala, Iraq.