Finally, after protests from different quarters, Government after seven weeks, on Friday allowed the Friday congregational prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.
Jamia Masjid was closed for Friday prayers in the last week of Ramazan, and since then people were not allowed to enter it on Fridays.
A large number of worshippers thronged the Jamia today and offered Friday congregational prayers although Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the chief cleric, remained under house arrest.
Mirwaiz, though, addressed the Namazis over the phone.
“After 7 weeks Friday prayers allowed. Heavy deployment on all routes leading to #JamaMasjid to discourage people, I addressed people over the phone,” Tweeted Mirwaiz.
Pertinently, today, the government didn’t deploy forces anywhere in the city as has been the routine for the past seven weeks.
Trader’s bodies on Thursday lead a protest march against the administration for not allowing prayers in the Jamia.