Mohammad Yaseen Malik
A Muharram procession part of a Yaum-e-Ashura procession turned violent in parts of Srinagar City.
Police had to resort to lathi charge and tear gas shells to disperse hundreds of mourners on the 10th day of Muharram. Many azadars were detained and some were subjected to injuries after police force opened pellet guns to disperse the mourners .
Authority put restrictions on Shia processions ,
to prevent Covid19 spread. Robust restrictions were imposed to maintain law and order.
A mood of mourning pervaded in Sultanpora, Ahmadpora and Hanjiwera Pattan of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district as “Yaum-e-Ashura” was observed peacefully on Sunday with solemnity and somberness.
It was all black and blood during the traditional mourning procession by Shias.
‘Yaum-e-Ashura’ or the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of Islamic calendar, is observed in memory of the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed”s grandson Imam Hussain and his followers in the battle of Karbala ( apocalypse).
With the processions, mourning and other rituals, people remember the great sacrifices of Imam Hussain and his followers who refused to bow to despotic and tyrannical authority.
The procession for 10th Muharram was taken out on Sunday from local alleys of Sultanpora and ended at imambargah Sultanpora after passing through its designated route.
Participants paid tribute to the martyrs of Karbala, and the sacrifices rendered by Imam Husain. Local residents and volunteers offered water, sharbat to Mourners and others.
The peaceful procession was held amid strict security arrangements and the participants were following all the SOP’S and guidelines given from the administration.
Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr G N Itoo accompanied by various concerned officers today paid visit to several adjoining areas of Pattan where he took stock of various necessary arrangements put in place for the smooth observance of Muharram-ul-Harram.
The DC inspects several Imambaras located at Ahmadpora,Hanjevera and at other place where he took the first hand appraisal of various necessities. He interacted with the representatives of some Shia associations who expressed gratitude to the DC for making adequate arrangements in connection with Muharram.
Meanwhile, DC said that special arrangements were made in view of the present circumstances emerged due to COVID-19 outbreak. He also directed that concerned officers to provide uninterrupted water and power supply during the auspicious days. DC directed to work in cooperation so that Muharram Mourners may not face any inconvenience.
He also urged the muharram mourners to follow COVID-19 SOPs and guidelines especially using face masks and maintaining social distancing so that the risk of infection is mitigated.