Srinagar, Feb 9: No Friday prayers were allowed for the third successive week on Friday in the historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar, where curfew-like restrictions have been imposed to prevent any law and order problem.
Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in down town and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) in Srinagar since early Friday morning following separatist strike call on the 5th death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged and later buried in Delhi’s Tihar jail on this day in 2013.
Police said that Restrictions under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of M R Gunj, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Safa Kadal and Khanyar in the down town and SeK since Friday morning as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order problem.
All roads leading to Jamia Masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq, remained closed and the main gates of the historic mosque, where Mirwaiz addresses Friday congregation every week, were locked.
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, adding that nobody was allowed to enter the area.
However, prayers were offered in the Valley, barring mosques on main roads in the areas where restrictions were imposed. People offered prayers in mosques in the interior areas in restricted areas.
Friday prayers were offered at Hazratbal shrine, which houses the holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad, on the bank of Dal Lake. Reports of offering of Friday prayers were also received from other parts of the valley.