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Muharram procession cannot enter Kargil town say authorities

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By: Wani Fazil VOV


Authorities in Kargil district have said that they will not allow the Muharram processions to enter the town area giving the reason of providing safety and security to the mourners.

District Magistrates of Kargil and Leh have issued similar orders in connection with the Muharram processions and have said that in order to make the safety of mourners paramount they have decided not to allow these processions within the town limits.

According to the news agencies reporting these orders from the district magistrates have said in their report that the ban on the procession, the District Magistrate of Kargil-Ladakh, in an order said, was part of “preventive measures of Covid-19 SOPs”.

The order however allowed the gathering of up to 300 people, which is violative of Covid SOPs that allows assembly of only 20 persons.

“No processions shall be allowed to enter the town from surrounding villages on the day of 9th and 10th Muharram,” the order read.

The order was issued at a time when Shia mourners were assaulted and detained by police on Tuesday in Srinagar which led to clashes in several parts of the city.

Kargil has a predominantly Shia population and the influence of two seminaries – Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust (IKMT) and Anjuman-e-Jamiatul Ulama Isna Ashria (AJUIA) – is dominant in the district.

“The religious organizations shall ensure peaceful movement of the processions with limited gathering of maximum 300 persons led by AJUIA and IKMT as per timing fixed,” the order said.

With inputs from agencies

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