Mourners during the Ashura procession in Kargil.
Paying rich tribute and commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) and his companions in the battle of Karbala, Ashura processions were taken out with religious fervor on August 30 in Kargil.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic situation, only 2 processions were taken out in Kargil Town this year with a limited number of mourners.
The processions under the banner of Anjuman e Jamiat ul Ulema Isna Ashariya, Kargil (AJUIAK)/ Islamia School Kargil, and Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust (IKMT) after passing through the Main Bazar Kargil culminated at Qatilgah and Hussaini Park.
Special prayers were also held to free humanity from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
The scholars of AJUIAK and IKMT Kargil expressed gratitude to the UT Administration Ladakh, LAHDC Kargil, and District Administration Kargil for permitting to organise Muharram congregations as well as processions on 9th and 10th Muharram amidst proper observance of COVID-19 SOPs.
The speakers also expressed thankfulness and congratulated the Frontline Workers particularly the Doctors and Paramedics and other officers and officials of the Health, Police, MC, Revenue, and other concerned departments for ensuring the safety and security of the people from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
District Administration Kargil had made elaborate arrangements to ensure smooth and proper conduct of the mourning processions amid the observance of SOPs.
The processions were held under the close supervision and coordination of the Magistrates, Police Officers, Nodal Officers, Management Committee members, and volunteers of AJUIAK and IKMT to ensure the implementation of SOPs properly.
Special focus was laid on strict adherence of measures like usage of masks, maintenance of proper social distancing, usage of thermal scanners, hand sanitizers, sanitization of the places of processions, and other required measures.
Ashura processions were also held at Sub Divisional headquarter Drass, Sankoo, Shakar Chiktan, and several other parts of the district amidst strict observance of COVID-19 SOPs with the participation of a limited number of mourners.