Procession starts at Guru Bazar, passes through MA road to Dalgate; Took decision in security review meet, deployed officers, men at 2 am, procession passed off peacefully, 3-tier security in place: ADGP Kashmir; It’s a peace dividend: DC Sgr; Great enthusiasm among mourners: Div Com Kashmir; decision historic: Masroor Abbas; Hope Admin lifts curbs on Ashura too: SMC Mayor; Div Com Kashmir thanks people for peaceful procession
Srinagar, Jul 27 : For the first time after three decades, thousands of Shia mourners hit the traditional routes of Srinagar to take out 8th Muharram procession.
Amid praises for Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), thumping their chests and recitation of praises for Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), the historic procession started from Guru Bazar area of city that passed through Budshah Chowk to M A Road and then Dalgate peacefully.
It was after more than three decades that the LG Manoj Sinha led administration decided to allow the Shia mourners to take out 8th Muharram procession through traditional routes. The administration has fixed 6 am to 8 am timing for the mourners to pass through the traditional routes. Shia leaders and clerics have welcomed the move and hailed the administration for this historic decision.
Thousands of mourners from different parts of Kashmir while walking peacefully through the streets of Srinagar were seen beating chests, holding tall flags (Alams) of Hazrat Imam Hussain(AS) and chanting of praises and Nouhas in favour of grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
“We are grateful to LG administration for allowing us to take out procession after such a long gap. This is indeed a pleasure and a great moment for us,” said a mourner Altaf Hussain. He said Muharram gives a reminder to every Muslim to follow the footsteps of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and to follow into his footsteps
Itehadul Muslimeen leader Masroor Abbas Ansari said that UT’s decision to allow the 8th Muharram procession is a historic decision. “The mourners followed proper discipline and the procession passed off in a very peaceful manner. Earlier, mourners were cane charged and even put behind the bars as well. Peaceful conduct of today’s procession indicates that disallowing the same procession in the past many years was based on lame excuses,” he said.
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) said a security review meeting was held in Srinagar yesterday in which it was decided to allow the 8th Muharram procession through traditional routes. “Officers and men were deployed on roads at 2 am to ensure peaceful conduct of the procession. And so far, the procession is going on peacefully,” he said. “We had put three-tier security system in place.”
Present on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Muhammad Aijaz Asad said that it was after over three decades that Muharram procession was allowed. “I would say this is one of the peace dividends,” he said, adding that mourners have cooperated and so has the administration.
SMC Mayor Junaid Azim Matoo said that it’s a display of faith after a long time on the streets of Srinagar and he thanked the LG administration for the historic decision. “Mourners are walking peacefully and I hope restrictions will be lifted on Muharram 10th also known as Ashura,” he said. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Vijay Kumar Bhiduri told KNO he was happy to see the great enthusiasm among the mourners. “Everything happened peacefully. Mourners cooperated with us on all fronts and reciprocated the same. As far the arrangements, we did whatever was possible within the shortest possible time,” he said—(KNO)