Govt disallows Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Sgr for 5th consecutive Friday

Srinagar

Congregational Friday prayers were not allowed in the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar for the fifth consecutive Friday today, reports said.

Strict restrictions were in place in the old city area of Srinagar to thwart any protest as pro-freedom leaders had called for shutdown against the landing of Indian army in Kashmir on same day 70 years back.

Increased number of police and other forces was deployed in the areas coming under seven police stations to implement the restrictions.

Hurriyat (m) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who addresses the Friday congregation at the mosque has been placed under house arrest.

Restrictions were imposed in Rainawari, Safa Kadal, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Maharaj Gunj, Rainawari and Maisuma in Srinagar to prevent protests in these areas.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for a shutdown and had asked people of Kashmir to observe ‘Accession Day’ day as a ‘Black Day’.

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