SRINAGAR: The government of Jammu and Kashmir has formally allowed Muharram 8 processions in the summer capital Srinagar, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Vijay Kumar Bidhuri said on Wednesday.

Mourners taking our process on 8th Muharram in Lal Chowk (KL Image)

The J&K Administration today addressed the long pending demand of Shia brethren by allowing the 8th  Muharram procession on the traditional route from Guru Bazar to Dalgate after three decades, a DIPR statement said.

“While taking the religious sentiments of Shia brethren into consideration, the administration decided to allow the procession tomorrow”, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Vijay Kumar Bidhuri said today. “I congratulate Shia brethren and Kashmiri public who are known for their affection”, he said and added that it is due to their contribution to the present peaceful environment which made it convenient for the administration to take this historic decision.

After several rounds of talks with Shia Muslim community representatives of all groups and the local committee of Gurubazar, the administration has assurances from all stakeholders that the sacred religious event would be conducted and culminated peacefully.

Accordingly, all security arrangements would  be put in place and general public especially members of Shia community are informed that no one shall be allowed to take out any other procession individually or collectively on the route except the one to be taken out from Gurubazar which has the permission from the Administration

Any one violating the orders shall be very strictly dealt with as per law.

However, he said that the timing for the procession shall be from 6Am to 8Am in the morning considering the working day on tomorrow and to avoid hardship to general people.

He informed that both Hon’ble Lt. Governor and worthy Chief Secretary have directed for considering the demand positively and closely monitoring the situation.

Regarding civil arrangements for the mourners he said that SMC will conduct cleanliness drive,   drinking water facility and availability of two ambulances will be also ensured besides buses will be made available at Dalgate.

Div Com said, “I hope it would be clean and peaceful procession.  The success of this decision will be precursor for  more decisions in future, and strict action will be taken against any mischief by anyone.”

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