No Muharram processions were on Tuesday allowed across the Kashmir valley where the authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in a bid to maintain peace.
Most roads were sealed and security tightened in the Shia dominated localities as Muharram processions were banned.
The authorities had allowed the rituals to be held within the Imambaras of the Shias.
Banning Muharram processions is not new in Kashmir and nor is it because of the situation due to the abrogation of Article 370. No procession on Muharram has been allowed in the valley for the past 30 years ever since terrorism broke out in Jammu and Kashmir in 1990.
The authorities were more cautious this time as miscreants could have misused the religious processions to fuel violence.
Keeping this in view, the Shia community was asked to carry out their religious duties at local Imambaras during the 10- day long period. The Shia community observes mourning during these 10 days which began on 1 September.
Muharram was also observed in the Shia dominated Kargil district of Ladakh.