Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), will be observed across Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday with solemnity to pay homage to the martyrs of Karbala.
The day is observed as a mark of sacrifice and mourning, recalling the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), in the battle of Karbala on the 10th of Muharram, over 1354 years ago.
Several organizations have announced suspension of main Ashura processions in view of COVID19 pandemic.
Ashura procession would traditionally start from Guru Bazar and Shaheed Gunj and pass through Maulana Azad Road and Dalgate to end at Alamgari Bazar, Zadibal. Such processions would also be held in Hanjivera Pattan, Mirgund and some other areas of Baramulla district.
Ashura processions are also taken out in Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag, central Kashmir’s Budgam district, Ganderbal and Kargil.
The mourners would take out mourning processions during the Muharram month before 1990. However, main Muharram processions have been banned by the government since then.
A report said police used tear smoke shells to disperse the mourners at Hamdania Colony Bemina Srinagar Saturday.
It said said that a group of mourners assembled in the Colony and tried to take out a procession towards Khumaini Chowk. Police swung into action and fired tear smoke shells to disperse them.
Some mourners sustained injuries in the police action.
The mourners alleged that metallic pellets were also fired on them. A couple of youth sustained pellet injuries.
An official spokesperson said that in view of the imposition of Section 144 and to avoid any loss of life and property, govt has decided not to allow any processions in Srinagar on the occasion of Muharram.
On Thursday, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K Pole said that restrictions shall continue on all religious processions and gatherings in all districts.