Srinagar, Mar 22: No Friday prayers could be offered at the historic Jamia Masjid, where a large number of security forces have been deployed to prevent any demonstration against the custodial death of principal of a local school Rizwan Asad Pandit in Pulwama on March 19.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had appealed to people to hold demonstrations against the death of Rizwan who died in the custody of Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police, Cargo camp.
All the gates of the historic worship place were locked and nobody was allowed to enter there. Large number of security forces and state police personnel were deployed in the Jamia market and outside to prevent people from assembling there.
No prayers could be offered in the Masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq who was put under house arrest since this morning. The Mirwaiz is addressing Friday congregation every week.
All roads leading to the Jamia Masjid were sealed with barbed wire and people were being directed to take alternative routes to reach their destinations.
However, Friday prayers were held normally at Asaar-e-Sharief Hazratbal and other shrines and mosques in Srinagar. (UNI)