#Day28: No Friday Prayers at Dargah Hazratbal, First Time



A Kl file Image of Hazratbal
A KL file Image of Dargah Hazratbal.

For the first time in recent Kashmir history, J&K Government disallowed Friday prayers at historic Dargah Hazratbal.

The move by Ms Mehbooba Mufti led government was taken in view of the ‘Dargah Chalo’ call by united resistance leadership.

“There was no congregational Friday prayers in Dargah Sharief today,” a resident living in the vicinity of Dargah said.

Government has imposed strict curfew across Kashmir to ban any such movement towards Dargah Hazratbal. Forces were deployed in huge numbers in and around the revered shrine.

“We were not allowed to take out cameras to cover the siege of famous shrine,” a Video Journalist working with a mainland India based TV channel said.

Dargah sieged on August 05, 2016. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Dargah sieged on August 05, 2016. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were arrested as they marched towards the shrine from their residences today.

In Old Srinagar, government once again disallowed Friday prayers in historic Jamia Masjid, fourth time in a row. There is heavy deployment of forces to thwart any civilian movement.

Scores of people amid pro-freedom slogans tried to take out a march from Nawa Kadal but they were stopped by police.

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