Srinagar: No Friday prayers were offered for the 16th consecutive week today in historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta Srinagar, where curfew was imposed to foil'Jamia Masjid Challo' called by the separatists.
All the roads leading to Jamia Masjid were closed with barbed wire.
Hurriyat-M Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was detained after he defied house arrest restrictions to lead a march to the Jamia Masjid.
Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the present agitation since July 9, had urged people to march towards Jamia Masjid and offer Friday prayers there.
A large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Masjid and adjoining areas to stop any movement on the roads. Last Friday also, no prayers could be offered due to curfew restriction, to prevent any demonstration.
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