Security tightened in Srinagar over Muharram

Srinagar, Oct.24 (ANI): Restrictions have been imposed in parts of Srinagar and other Shia dominated districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday to contain the Muharram procession.

The restrictions are imposed in Abi Guzar and Lal Chowk areas here, fearing escalation of tension following the recent clashes over a trucker’s death in Udhampur.

Three policemen and a woman were injured on Friday in sporadic clashes that broke out in parts of the city after security personnel tried to stop Shia mourners from taking out Muharram processions.

Official sources said the clash took place when over 150 Shia mourners tried to take out a religious procession in violation of prohibitory orders in force in the city.

Since the separatist violence started here in early 1900s, authorities have been disallowing the 10-day Muharram procession in Srinagar.

Muslims across the world mourn and take out processions in order to remember the sacrifice of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hazrat Hussain and his family member who were martyred in Karbala. (ANI)

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