To prevent Muharram processions, restrictions will be imposed in parts of the Srinagar city on Wednesday.
A police official said that restrictions will be imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of Shaheed Gunj, Batamaloo, Shergari, Kothibagh, Ram Munshi Bagh, Maisuma, and Kral Khud police stations.
He said the restrictions will be imposed as a preventive measure in view of eighth day of Muharram to maintain law and order. The traditional Muharram procession used to pass through these areas, but have been banned since eruption of militancy in 1989.
Meanwhile, in the old city’s area of Kamangar, Rajorikadal, slogans of ‘Azadi’ have been reverberating during Muharram processions (Juloos) in the past few days.
“Over the past years due to the rise of social media, a greater understanding of Imam Hussain’s message has expanded throughout the young generation,” a young man in his mid twenties told present during the processions told Free Press Kashmir.
Ever since Burhan Wani was killed in 2016, his face has regularly appeared in Muharram processions, leading many to believe that he, too, had been ‘martyred in the cause of justice against oppression’.
“We believe in Hussain’s message,” said a young boy. “We believe that Burhan Wani was carrying Hussain’s message to the masses.”