Ashura: No Friday prayers allowed in Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid

Friday prayers were not allowed at the historic Jamia Masjid as curbs and restrictions were in place in the city to prevent Ashura processions.

Earlier, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest as he was scheduled give a special sermon on Ashura at Narwara.

“Mirwaiz was scheduled to give a special sermon on Ashura at Narwara area of the old city however a posse of policemen reached his residence and informed him about his detention,” they said.

In a tweet Mirwaiz said:

Earlier during the day, dozens of mourners were detained as they tried to take out a procession in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar.

Restrictions have been imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of Police Stations Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Safa Kadal, Kothibagh, and Maharaj Gunj areas of Srinagar.

Police and armed forces have been deployed in large numbers in the city who have erected barricades to curb the people’s movement. Muharram processions are banned in civil lines area of Srinagar since 1989 however such processions take place in Alamgaribazar area of downtown.

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