Muharram processions; Srinagar imposed restrictions in city areas

Authorities on Sunday imposed curfew-like restrictions in the city to prevent members of the Shia community from taking out Muharram processions to mark the eighth day of the 10-day mourning period, officials said. They said restrictions on the movement and assembly of people have been imposed in several areas of Srinagar city.

The restrictions were imposed to maintain law and order in view of the eighth day of Muharram, they said.
Shops and other business establishments in the areas, where restrictions are in place, were shut, while public transport was off the roads, they said.

Citing past incidents of violence, the district magistrate, Srinagar, said law and order and security concern is the top priority of the government keeping in view the larger public interest and safety of its citizens. The traditional Muharram procession, to mark the eighth day of the Muharram mourning period, used to pass through these areas, but has been banned since the eruption of militancy in 1990.

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