Srinagar: Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar has strongly reacted to the imposition of restrictions on Jama Masjid Srinagar for the 18th consecutive Friday, the spokesman said in a statement.
The spokesman said that authorities have been preventing the Muslims to perform important duties as Friday prayers, terming it as “deplorable and condemnable”.
“Today, once again in the morning, the authorities and the police bared the Auqaf employees from opening up the gates of the mosque and thus preventing the locals and the people having come from various parts of the Valley to perform their Friday prayers at their beloved mosque,” he said.
Expressing concern over the “policies pursued by the authorities” towards the Jama Masjid, the Auqaf said that all records of “forcible closure” of the grand mosque have been broken.
It said the people are being deprived of all the rights including religious rights by force which is a cause of great uneasiness and anxiety for the Muslims of Kashmir, the statement mentioned.
The organization also expressed strong resentment against the continuous “illegal detention” of its head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has been under house arrest since 5 August 2019, and said the topmost religious leader of Kashmir should be released so that he resumes his official responsibilities and activities.