Was Krishna Janmashtami Procession in Srinagar carried after 32 years

News Claim: A video with a statement that Srinagar celebrated Krishna Janmashtami after a gap of 32 years; however we found multiple times when Srinagar celebrated Janmashtami over the years.

Viral message on WhatsApp today & other Social Media claims:

32 साल बाद कश्मीर में निकाली गई श्रीकृष्ण जन्माष्टमी शोभायात्रा। ‘श्री कृष्ण गोविंद हरे मुरारी’ की धुन से गूंज उठा श्रीनगर का लालचौक... धन्यवाद 


Shri Krishna Janmashtami procession was taken out in Kashmir after 32 years. Lal Chowk of Srinagar reverberated with the melody of 'Shri Krishna Govind Hare Murari'... 

Glimpses of Shri Krishna Janmashtami Celebration from Lal Chowk, Kashmir. This is the same location where hoisting India's national flag was a life-threatening act in 1992. 1/2

Zee News carried  an article stating, After a gap of 32 years, the Kashmiri Pandits organised a Janmashtami procession to celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna in Srinagar on Monday amid tight security arrangements

News Verification: It is true that Jammu and Kashmir have been less celebrating these festivals than other parts of India. The claim on Social media by many that, Krishna Janmashtami Procession in Srinagar was carried after a gap of 32 years is not true. Ayupp found that the Procession was carried out during the years 2004, 2007, 2018.

A gettyimages gives us a picture taken in 2004, as per the image site, it shows a picture of a girl playing with a flute. The Image description says, A Kashmiri Pandith (Hindu) girl, posing as Hindu God Lord Krishna, plays flute as she sits at the top of a vehicle during a procession in Srinagar, 07 September 2004. Kashmiri Hindus held a procession to mark the Janmashtami (anniversary of the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna) for the first time in years of an insurgency which sparked a mass exodus of Hindus from the valley. AFP PHOTO Tauseef MUSTAFA (Photo credit should read TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP via Getty Images)

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An article was published by hindustantimes on Sep 2007, with a title as Janmashtami procession in Kashmir. The article states, for the first time since militancy broke out in Kashmir in 1989, a Janmashtami procession organized by Pandits passed through the famous Lal Chowk here on Monday, signifying a perceptible improvement in the situation in the strife-ridden Valley.

As per the Greater Kashmir YouTube channel, such procession was carried in 2018 as well.

News verdict: False

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