SRINAGAR Authorities disallowed the Friday congregational prayers for the second consecutive week at the historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta, Old city here.
Reports said the authorities had deployed a huge contingent of forces around and at the gate of Jamia Masjid to disallow entry of people inside mosque.
This is for the second time in the holy month of Ramazan when the government kept Jamia Masjid out of bonds for the Muslims to offer Friday prayers.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the government decision to disallow Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid. I condemn that for the second time in Ramadan Jumma prayers were disallowed at Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said.
He said it was extremely sad that each day Kashmir is losing its promising young in one way or other to the lingering conflict. I urge all the stakeholders to come together to put an end to this daily killing and violence and bring peace to this beleaguered land by resolving the Kashmir issue, he said.
Curfew was clamped in Srinagar while elsewhere in the Kashmir valley, restrictions were imposed in major towns and tehsil headquarters on Friday following clashes last night after the killing of chief of Ansar Gazwatul Hind, Zakir Musa, in a gunfight with security forces in Tral area of Pulwama district. Despite rains and government-imposed restrictions, thousands of people participated in multiple funeral prayers of Musa as he was laid to rest in Noorpoora village
Internet services were also snapped across Kashmir while educational institutions remained closed amid a spontaneous shutdown across Kashmir.
The students of Kashmir University offered prayers for the militant commander who was killed in an encounter with security forces in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The officials said the authorities have decided to close all schools and colleges in the valley on Saturday as a precautionary measure.