Jamshedpur, Oct. 12: Mourning processions and fasting marked Muharram in Jamshedpur on Wednesday. A large number of mourners participated in the Muharram processions, which ended peacefully after passing through the traditional city routes.
There was heavy police deployment in sensitive areas including Mango, Shastrinagar.
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.
The day was observed in memory of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Mohammed, and others in the battle of Karbala. The mourners inflicted injuries on themselves to show solidarity with the sufferings of the martyrs.
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.
Poor feeding and distribution of water and juice also marked the 10th day of Muharram, the first holy month of Islamic calendar. The fasting is observed on two days – ninth and 10th or 10th and 11th Muharram.
Muharram rituals are all aimed at remembering the great sacrifices of Imam Hussain and his followers who refused to bow to despotic and tyrannical authority.
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.
Water and ‘sharbat’ were distributed from stalls set up at various places in the city.
Elaborate security arrangements were in place for peaceful and smooth conduct of the procession. Police also imposed restrictions on traffic movement at various points in the city.
Around 70 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 Subarnarekha Sakchi Pump House, Bodhanwala Garage on the Kharkai bank, Hudco and Zakirnagar.
Muslim-dominated areas of Jamshedpur like Dhatkidih, Mango and Jugsalai witnessed huge processions.