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Curfew Reimposed In Kashmir To Foil Muharram Processions

Mumbai: Kashmir under curfew again, restrictions have been imposed in many cities including to foil any plans on taking out Muharram processions in the Valley as authorities apprehended that large congregations might lead to violence

Officials said that commercial centres in Lal Chowk and adjoining areas were completely sealed by putting concertina wire at all entry points where a large number of security personnel were deployed.

He said that there are restrictions in many parts of Kashmir as a precaution to maintain law and order in the valley.

Authorities did not cite any reason for the reuse of the ban, but the move is believed to have been taken to prevent Muharram processions in the city and elsewhere. Processions were banned in Kashmir from 1990 when armed rebellions began.

Muharram is considered one of the holy months of the Islamic lunar calendar. The Battle of Karbala, in which Hazrat Imam Hussain – grandson of the Prophet – attained martyrdom – is said to have occurred in the 7th century

The curfew was first imposed in Kashmir on August 5 when the Center announced its decision to repeal the provisions of Section 370 and divide the state into Union Territories. Sanctions were lifted from many parts of the valley as the situation improved with the passage of time.

Most top-level and second-creep separatist leaders have been taken into preventive custody, while mainstream leaders, including three former chief ministers – Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti – have also been detained or held at home Has been placed under house arrest.

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