Srinagar, Oct 25 : Friday prayers were not allowed for the 12th successive week in historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar and some other major mosques in Kashmir valley, where life remained crippled since August 5 due to strike against scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35 A.
However, prayers were allowed in mosques in the interior areas in the valley. Official sources said restrictions under section 144 CrPC remained imposed in some areas in downtown and other parts of Srinagar to prevent protests after Friday prayers.
However, the situation was entirely different on the ground, as all gates leading to Jamia masjid remained closed and people were not allowed to enter the worship place. Hundreds of security forces have been deployed in and around the historic mosque to prevent assembly of people.
Roads leading to Jamia masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, were open for vehicular and pedestrian movement. However, security forces have put barbed wires on the roadside so that roads could be closed immediately in case of any protest.
All roads leading to the shrine of Sheikh Noor-ud Din Noorani in Charar-i-Sharief were closed for vehicular movement for security reasons. Friday prayers were allowed in the shrine though very less number of people attended the congregation due to the restrictions imposed in the area.
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)