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Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid remains locked for fourth week

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Authorities again disallowed congregational Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid Srinagar for the fourth consecutive week.

All gates of Jamia Masjid were locked by government forces while all roads leading to the historic mosque were blocked with concertina wires.

Curfew was imposed in the area on Friday (14-7-2017) to prevent people from assembling at the mosque.

Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who addresses the faithful every Friday continues to remain under house detention.

In a tweet, he said: “Strict curfew imposed. Friday prayers again disallowed for the fourth consecutive week at #JamaMasjid. PDP has completely brazened it out....”

Yet in another tweet with reference to the locking down of Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz wrote: “As part of anti Muslim anti #Kashmir nexus it is beyond redemption!”

From past decade, Jamia Masjid remained locked for weeks together particularly during Amarnath Land Row in 2008, Peoples Uprising in 2010 and 2016. Even in 2009, when Kashmir was on boil over Shopian twin rape and murder incident, prayers were disallowed in the mosque by the Omar Abdullah led government for many weeks.