Srinagar, Aug 30 : Friday prayers could not be offered for the fourth successive week in Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar and other major mosques in the Kashmir valley, where restrictions were again imposed as a precaution to prevent protests.
However, prayers were allowed in mosques in the interior areas in the valley. The roads leading to Jamia masjid, were again closed with barbed wire and people were directed to take alternate routes to reach their destinations.
Despite relaxation in restrictions in some downtown area during the last couple of days, all gates leading to Jamia masjid remained closed since August 5 and people were not allowed to enter the worship place. According to the official sources, the restrictions under section 144 CrPc have been re-imposed in downtown and other parts of Srinagar since early on Friday to prevent protests after the prayers.
Hundreds of security forces were deployed in and around the historic mosque to prevent assembly of people.
At Hawal, Nowhatta and Rangar stop security forces have closed roads to leading Jamia masjid with barbed wire. Similarly other major masjids in different parts of the valley were also closed for devotees. But reports of offering of Friday prayers came from smaller local mosques in the valley. (UNI)