MEMBERS OF the minority community are all set to celebrate the festival of Eid either on October 24 or 25 (depending on moon sighting) here in Varanasi.
Almost all major markets such as Nai Sarak, Chauk and Dalmandi etc. remained over-crowded with Muslims purchasing clothes, vermicelli and other items. Due to unprecedented rush, busy roads such as Lahurabeer-Girjaghar, Maidagin to Godaulia and Lahurabeer to Maidagin etc are witnessing massive traffic jams in the evening.
On Friday devotees offered ‘Alvida Ki Namaz’ at various mosques including Shahi Masjid Gyanvapi, Munshi Ki Masjid, Latsarraiya Masjid and Usmania Jama Masjid etc. in Varanasi and adjoining areas on Friday. Heavy rush of Namazis was seen in Muslim dominated areas such as Bazardeeha, Shivala, Gauriganj, Madanpura, Rewari Talab, Dalmandi, Pitarkunda, Lallapura, Badi Bazar, Alaipura, Orderly Bazar and Chittanpura etc.
Besides, authorities of Varanasi Nagar Nigam are making all efforts to ensure proper sanitation arrangement on the occasion of Eid festival. A special sanitation drive will also be launched in the city’s Muslim dominated areas.
Apart from this, in the wake of Malegaon terrorist attack, intelligence agencies have advised local administration to ensure fool-proof security arrangements in Muslim dominated areas of the city to counter any crisis on the occasion of Eid.
Sources said that the district and police administration had made tight security arrangement. Circle officers and station officers will conduct regular patrolling in their respective areas to monitor security arrangements. Additional police and PAC personnel will be deployed in sensitive areas on the occasion.