Sarfaraz Ah Lone
Srinagar, October 13: Curfew-like restrictions were imposed on Friday in seven police station areas of Srinagar by authorities while Friday prayers were disallowed at historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area for third consecutive week.
The restrictions were imposed in areas falling under seven police station areas of City including in Khanyar, Maisuma, Kralhud, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari and Safakadal. All the roads in these areas were sealed off since morning by hundreds of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men who were deployed to enforce curbs.
The restrictions were enforced more strictly in Jama Masjid area of Nowhatta and no one was allowed to offer Friday prayers. The Valley’s chief cleric and senior resistance leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has denounced curbs on the Friday prayers at Jama Masjid. According to GNS, the situation in other parts of the Srinagar was peaceful and there were no restrictions or shutdown.
However due to restrictions in seven police station areas, the traffic and peoples’ movement in city’s uptown and civil line area was less compared to other days. The restrictions were imposed to foil protests against continuing incidents of braid chopping. Reports of minor protests were received from Abi Guzar and Hyderpora areas of the city but situation remained peaceful. All the educational institutes meanwhile remained closed for teaching work in Valley today.
In a statement issued here, the Joint Resistance Leadership said that come Friday and most of old city is converted into a garrison with huge deployment of police and paramilitary troopers in every nook and corner as rolls of concertina wires block all roads and alley in the area to make it inaccessible.
“People are caged in their own homes and not allowed to move out to torment them and Friday congregational prayers disallowed at the central Jamia Majid and other adjoining mosques reflecting the complete apathy and disregard of those giving such orders towards the religious obligations and sentiments of the Muslims of the valley,” it said.
JRL said that frequent closure of schools, colleges, and universities under the bogey of law and order but in actuality to prevent students from expressing their concerns and resentment is ridiculous and exposes the repressive regime further.