Srinagar, Nov 8: Friday prayers were not allowed for the fourteenth 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 told UNI that restrictions under section 144 CrpC remained imposed in some areas in downtown and other parts of Srinagar since early today to prevent protests after Friday prayers.
However, the situation was entirely different on the ground, as all gates leading to Jamia masjid, stronghold of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, remained closed and people were not allowed to enter the worship place. The Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMFs) remained deployed in the Jamia market and outside the Masjid, where no prayers were held since August 5.
All roads leading to historic Jamia Masjid in the downtown were open though forces have put barbed wires on standby on roadside to close the road in case of any protests.
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)