Prayers Allowed At Jamia Masjid After 5 Weeks

Srinagar—Congregational prayers were allowed at Jamia Masjid in Downtown Srinagar on Friday after five weeks.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who addresses the faithful every Friday, was also released from house detention.

Authorities imposed restrictions in Nowhatta and other areas of Downtown Srinagar during past five Fridays, thus preventing the worshippers from entering the mosque.

 “Finally! after 5 weeks of restrictions Friday prayers will be offered at #JamaMasjid, Friday sermon at 12.30, Juma Prayers at 1.30 inshallah,” tweeted Mirwaiz, ahead of the prayers at the historic mosque.

Mirwaiz termed the repeated restrictions in the entire downtown and disallowing Friday prayers an expression of frustration and dictatorial attitude of the authorities.

He said Jammu Kashmir has practically been converted into a police state and the voice of people is being strangulated by the use of force and repression.

Meanwhile, Police detained fifteen youths during stone-throwing clashes in Nawa Kadal area of Old City here.

Official sources said that post-Friday prayers, clashes erupted at Nawa Kadal area of old city today between youth and government forces. Police used dozens of teargas shells to disperse hundreds of youths in the area. As the clashes intensified, scores of police and CRPF men cornered youth from multiple sides and detained fifteen youths on the spot.

The sources said that among the 15 youth, one is a resident of Banihal and all of the detained persons have been lodged in Safa Kadal police station.

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