Srinagar: Several mourning processions commemorating the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions in Karbala were taken out by Shia Muslims in various parts of the Srinagar city on 9th day of Muharram on Saturday.
Although authorities had announced restrictions in areas falling under 13 police stations of Srinagar city – Batamaloo, Sherghari, Karan Nagar, ShaheejGunj, Maisuma, Kralkhud, Kothibagh, Ram MunshiBagh (partly), Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, MR Gunj and Safakadal -, routine activities were witnessed in the areas.
Police allowed mourners of Imam Hussain (RA), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), to take out traditional hold processions in interior localities.
The police had reportedly told the elders of the Shia community in some areas not to come out from their areas in order to maintain law and order.
The first mourning procession of the day was taken out near from Shamswari, which passed through Babademb raod, in which sores of men, women and children from the Shia community clad in black clothes took part.
A number of Sunni Muslims also watched the procession, while some were seen guarding it.
Another procession was taken at Gawkadal, where hundreds of people from the community participated. Many mourners were seen beating their chests and heads with iron blades. The procession was lead by head of the Tehreek-i-Mazahmat, a constituent of Hurriyat Conference (G), Nissan Hussain Rather.
A major procession was taken out by Anjuman-i-Islam Pandrathen from Pantha Chowk near Delhi Public School, on city outskirts.
Around 12000 people including men, women and children participated in it. The mourners marched on the main road, chanting elegies, while the procession culminated at Imambara Pandrathen. Renowned Shia cleric, Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Noori also participated in the procession.
Hundreds of volunteers were standing to ensure the smooth traffic movement on the road. Police was also deployed to thwart any untoward incident.
Ali Naki Mir, one of the members of Anjuman-i-Islam Pandrathen told Kashmir Reader that the aim of the procession was to remember the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (RA). “We condemn the atrocities committed 1400 years ago and in present times. There are several Yazeed’s today in the shape of America, Israel and Burma, their names change but their tactics and the intensity of the oppression level remain similar,” Mir said.
Tehreek-i-Mazahmat head Nissan Hussain Rather told Kashmir Reader that despite restrictions they would take out the procession on Monday through civil lines.
“We are ready to face any difficulty come what may but we will take our procession through the main road to Zadibal,” he said.
He added “Government is suffering from a disease called whim by claiming there will be law and order situation and possibly of clashes with Sunnis but that is not a case. Our Sunni brethren guard us whenever we have taken out a procession, the fact is that all such claims from the government are nothing but whims.”
He said that they “exposed” authorities on Friday “when Divisional Commissioner on one hand said Muharram Procession will be allowed but on the other hand they imposed restrictions”.
A large procession was also taken out in Zadibal area, where a procession was taken out from Mandibal and passing through Alamgari Bazar culminated at Zadibal.