SRINAGAR – All gates of historic Jamia Masjid in the down town Srinagar remained closed for devotees since August 5, when centre scrapped Article 370 and 35 A besides divided the state into two Union Territories.
No prayers were held since August 5 in the Masjid, stronghold of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who remained under house arrest.
Large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) were deployed in the Jamia Market and outside the worship place to maintain law and order.
The Masjid remained closed as a precautionary measure to prevent assemble of people and demonstration there since August 5, official sources said.
Security forces have also closed roads around the Jamia masjid were barbed wire and by parking bullet proof vehicles and people, coming from outskirts, were being directed to take alternative routes to reach their destination.
There was no curfew in any part of the city on Friday, they said adding restrictions under Section 144 CrPC remained imposed to prevent any law and order problem.