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Restrictions imposed in Abi Guzar to thwart Muharram processions

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Srinagar: Authorities on Thursday imposed restrictions in Abi Guzar area of the uptown city to prevent members of the Shia community from taking out any procession to mark Ashoora, the last day of the 10-day Muhurram mourning period.

Restrictions were imposed in Abi Guzar area falling under police station Kothibagh while security personnel were deployed in strength to maintain law and order on the 10th of Muharram.

Police had detainee several members of the Shia community at various places in the city on Tuesday as they had tried to take out processions.

The traditional Muharram procession, to mark the tenth day of Muharram mourning period, used to emanate from Abi Guzar, but has been banned since the eruption of militancy in 1990 as authorities maintain that the gathering has been used for propagating separatist politics.

However, elsewhere in the Valley, including in the old city areas of Zadibal and Rainawari, Muharram congregations and processions were held.

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