Photo: Office of LG J&K
Participates in Zuljinah procession; offers Chaddar; distributes refreshments among mourners, extends support to Shia community
Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Thursday reached the Botakadal area of Srinagar’s downtown to take part in the Zuljinah procession of Shia mourners on the eve of 10th Muharam also known as Youm-e-Ashoora.
This is for the first time that J&K LG reached out to the Shia community on the occasion of Youm-e-Ashoora and also participated in the procession in downtown Srinagar’s Bota Kadal area.
Eye-witnesses told that LG Sinha arrived at Bota Kadal area of downtown Srinagar, amid tight security cover, to take part in the Zulzinah procession of Youm-e-Ashoora. Witnesses said that the LG met Shia mourners and exchanged his views on the occasion of Youm-e-Ashoora, the day when Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was martyred in Karbala, Iraq along with 72 family members and companions.
Shia mourners expressed gratitude to LG Sinha and thanked him for allowing the 8th and 10 Muharram processions from traditional routes after a gap of 34 years.
Witnesses told that LG Sinha reached Bota Kadal area of Srinagar and took part in the Zuljinah procession. “He offered chaddar to Zuljinah and paid rich tributes to Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) on the occasion. He also distributed refreshments among the mourners and extended full support to them,” they said.
LG reached Bota Kadal area of Srinagar amid tight security cover at around 11 am. He was accompanied by ADGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Vijay Kumar Bhiduri, SSP Srinagar Rakesh Bhalwal, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Muhammad Aijaz Asad and other officials.
ADGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that the procession was going on peacefully. Meanwhile, Shia mourners expressed gratitude to the administration for ensuring quality arrangements and thanked LG for reaching out to them. “We feel delighted to see LG sahib among us today. It is a moment of pride for us.
Arrangements made by the administration are up to the mark,” he said. Meanwhile, an official spokesman said that LG while speaking on the occasion said: “I pay my tributes to Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions. Their sacrifice for righteousness and greater good of humankind serves as a beacon light for the world,” the LG said.
“Today on Youm-e-Ashoora joined Zuljinah procession at Botakadal, Srinagar’s Downtown and paid my tributes to Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions. Their sacrifice for righteousness and greater good of humankind serves as a beacon light for the world,” office of LG tweeted. KNO