Jammu & Kashmir

After ban of three decades, Muharram procession to be allowed in Kashmir

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Ban lifted on Abiguzar-Lal chowk, traditional routes as well

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to allow the Muharram procession in the valley which was banned thirty years ago.

In a meeting under the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Pandurang K Pole (IAS), it was decided that Muharram-ul-Haram 1443 (Hijri), shall be celebrated as per the past practice; however, in view of the COVID, the guidelines shall be adhered in letter and spirit.

The administration said that all the necessary arrangements shall be put in place for the convenience of the people and the decision of the commemoration of Muharram shall be left up to the Shia Organisation for which all the Deputy Commissioners and Senior Superintendents of Police shall be in touch with them.

The Div Com reiterated that developmental works which are part of the current year’s developmental action plan shall be taken up for execution so that the facilities are made available to the Shia Community before the commencement of the Muharram.

The dates on which the procession will be held in various districts are 6th Muharram from Gulshan Bagh to Zadibal, on 7th Muharram Kathi Darwaza to Hassanabad, 8th Gurubazar to Dalgate, 9th Mandibal to Zadibal, 10th Abi Guzar to Lal chowk, 11th Rainawari to Hassanabad and Zadibal interiors, and on the 25th Muharram Mirgund to Budgam.

The DCs of the Kashmir division have been asked to formulate a plan so that arrangements for the commemoration of Muharram 2021 are organised in the right manner.


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