Govt disallows congregational prayers in Jamia Masjid; Mirwaiz under house arrest

SRINAGAR: In the historical Jamia Masjid of Downtown Srinagar, congregational Friday prayers were disallowed following the protest call by resistance leadership over the killing of two civilians on Thursday, reports said.

Earlier on Thursday, two protesters died in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district after people clashed with forces near encounter site. In the encounter that raged in Padgampora, Pulwama on Thursday, two local LeT militants were killed.

Jamia Masjid Srinagar closed for 12 consecutive Fridays in 2016 on Sep 30, 2016. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

One of the civilians was hit by bullet and was identified as Amir Nazir Wani and another who died due to ‘trauma’ was identified as Jalal Ud Din, 20. Both were from Pulwama district.

Muezzin of Jama Masjid Molvi Muhammad Yasin was not allowed to offer Azan, reports quoting spokesman of Jamia Auqaf Committee said.

He said all roads leading to the historic mosque were blocked and that no one was being allowed to enter the mosque, as per reports.

Earlier, chief cleric and Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest as he had proposed to held a pro-freedom rally



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