Jamshedpur, Oct. 24: A large number of mourners participated in the Muharram processions, which ended peacefully after passing through the traditional city routes on Saturday. There was heavy police deployment in sensitive areas including Mango, which has witnessed tensions in the recent days.
Police also roped in local volunteers to keep an eye on any suspicious activity and identify outsiders who might try to disrupt the peace in the locality.
Large number of police personnel was present at the Muharram processions with a view to check the any untoward incident. The police personnel were deployed along the routes of processions and checked the mourners and their belongings at entry and exits points.
Thousands of Muslims devotees took out processions in Mango to mark the day. Similar processions, wherein men carrying black flags and beating their chests in ceremonial mourning, were taken out in other parts of city too.
A total of 68 licensed akharas took out processions from different locations of the city, including Jugsalai, Bistupur, Golmuri, Sakchi and others. These processions concluded at the Karbala sites behind the Subarnrekha Sakchi Pump House, Bodhanwala Garrage on the Kharkai bank, Hudco and Zakirnagar.
Muslim-dominated areas of Jamshedpur like Dhatkidih, Mango and Jugsalai witnessed huge processions.
Muharram is a day of bereavement, when Muslims give to charity, observe fasts and pray in remembrance of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, who was martyred about 1330 years ago at Karbala in Iraq.
On the routes of processions, people set up food and water stalls to provide water to the mourners.
Scouts including men, women, children and youth served as security guards and checked every person joining the processions.