Youm-e-Ashur observed amid strict security in Hyderabad

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APP05-20 HYDERABAD: September 21 – A view of Markazi Juloos during Yom-E-Aashora Procession outside Qadamgah Moula Ali on 10th of Muharramul Harram, the month of mourning for the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in the Battle of Karbala in 680CE, almost 50 years after the death of the Prophet. APP photo by Akram Ali

HYDERABAD, Sep 21 (APP):Youm-e-Ashur (Martyrdom Day) of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions was observed here Friday like other parts of the world.
As many as 201 mourning processions were taken out in Hyderabad with some 17 of them classified as very sensitive and 18 others as sensitive in view of their security.
The central procession, organized by Anjuman-e-Haideri, started from Qadam Gah Moula Ali (AS) near Haider Chowk at around 11 am and concluded around 5 pm after walking over one kilometer distance at Karbala Dadan Shah near the police lines.
The procession made a brief halt to offer Juma Namaz outside St Marry’s School.
Many other processions of zanjeer zani, zuljanah and tazia were also taken out in different parts of Hyderabad City, Latifabad, Qasimabad and Rural towns to mourn the martyrdom.
The mobile phone service remained suspended since the morning in the district as part of the security measures.
The police spokesman Mazharul Haq alias Sahni informed here on Thursday that around 55 roads and streets intersecting the central procession’s route were sealed with barbed wires.
According to him, the mourners were given entrance in the procession through only one entry point near Bacha Khan chowk after crossing the walk through gates.
Similarly, he added, there was only one exit point near the police lines, the location of the procession’s conclusion.
The spokesman told that over 4,000 policemen and police commandos besides 700 personnel of rangers and hundreds of volunteers were deployed for security of the processions.
He informed that 2 control rooms were set up at the offices of SSP Hyderabad and SDPO City to monitor the city with the help of CCTV cameras.
Additionally, the jamming devices were also placed along the routes of the processions, he added.
The spokesman told that 72 majalis of Sham-e-Ghareeban were also taking place in the evening.