Srinagar, Dec 15 No Friday prayers were allowed for the second successive week in the historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar, where curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in view of call by separatists to hold a rally in south Kashmir district of Anantnag.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising of both the factions of Hurriyat Conference (HC) and JKLF, had urged people to attend a rally at Lal Chowk in Anantnag on Friday.
However, curfew-like restrictions were imposed in most parts of Anantnag, besides Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and Down Town Srinagar on Friday as a precautionary measure to foil the rally by separatist organizations.
All roads leading to Jamia Masjid, where chairman of moderate HC Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq addresses congregation every Friday, remained closed with barbed wire. Mirwaiz was arrested this morning for defying house arrest restrictions in Srinagar to lead a march to Anantnag.
A large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Masjid and adjoining areas to stop any movement on the roads. “There was also no ‘Azaan’ (call for prayers) in the historic Masjid today,” local residents said, alleging that nobody was allowed to enter the area.
But, prayers were offered in the Valley, barring in mosques on main roads in the areas where restrictions were imposed.
Friday prayers were also held at Hazratbal Shrine, which houses the Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad, on the bank of Dal Lake.