Srinagar, Apr 9: No special night prayers were held in shrines and mosques in Kashmir valley on the occasion Shab-e-Barat (night of forgiveness) as people stayed indoors in view of restrictions to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.
Taking to twitter, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said on auspicious nights such as this, Srinagar would always reverberate with holy recitations. “The silence of this night is also the greatest of prayers. We are, however, in pain for some hard actions since the evening,” he tweeted late last night.
The night prayers were not held following appeal by authorities and religious organizations, including moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq -- who addresses congregations in historic Jamia Masjid -- to people to pray at home.
Dr Choudhary had issued an order prohibiting all religious congregations and public movement on Shab-e-Barat in the city. The order issued under Section 144 of CrPC states that the decision to prohibit religious gatherings during the occasion has been taken based on recommendations of concerned authorities and reports from the field besides taking into account the current precarious health situation due to COVID-19 pandemic.
It states that these restrictions will remain enforced through the intervening night of April 8 and 9 adding that violations will attract strict action under Section 188 of the IPC and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act.
The DC said that prohibitions on religious and other gatherings has become indispensable in view of the threat from coronavirus infection adding that these among other measures put in place in the district are aimed at containing its spread.
J&K on Wednesday recorded the highest single-day jump with 33 more persons, including 30 from Kashmir and three from Jammu, testing positive, taking the total number of infected people to 158. Meanwhile, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 has risen to four in the Union Territory as a woman from Udhampur, who had tested positive for the infection, died late last night.(UNI)