No prayers at historic Jamia Masjid due to restrictions

TNN Bureau. Updated: 7/12/2019 3:35:24 PM Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, Jul 12: No Friday prayers could be offered at historic Jamia Masjid due to restrictions imposed by the authorities as a precautionary measure to prevent any demonstration.

The main gates of the Jamia Masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, were closed on Friday and no devotee was allowed to enter the worship place. The Mirwaiz was scheduled to address the Friday congregation at Jamia Majid today. For the past two weeks, he has been highlighting the need to start a war against drug abuse and other social evils in the society.

Large number of security forces and state police personnel had been deployed in the Jamia Market and around the Masjid to prevent assembly of people.

All roads leading to Masjid, including at Rangar Stop, Gojwara and Nowhatta were closed with barbed wire or by parking bulletproof vehicles in the middle.

People were being directed to take alternative route. Shops and business establishments in Gojwara, Nowhatta, Rangar stop and adjoining areas remained closed due to heavy deployment of security forces.

However, life was normal in Nallahmar, where business activities were going on and traffic was also plying normally.

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