No prayers in Jamia Masjid for 19th Friday amid partial shutdown

MAJID NABI. Dated: 12/14/2019 4:52:39 PM

SRINAGAR, Dec 13: Historic Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta area of Srinagar city continued to remain closed for congregational Friday prayers on the 19th consecutive week following centre’s major decision on Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.
Police and paramilitary CRPF were deployed in strength within and outside the grand mosque to deal with any law and order problem even as the administration claimed to have lifted restrictions from almost everywhere in Kashmir.
Spontaneous shutdown though partial however continues in Kashmir on 131st consecutive day after the centre scrapped provisions of Articles 370 and 35A and downgraded erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State into two Union Territories on August 5.
Reports said that shops and other business establishments were closed in old city and a thin movement of public transport was witnessed on roads.
Shops at major marketplaces which include Lal Chowk, Regal Chowk, Residency Road, Polo View, Batamalloo, Hari Singh High Street, Goni Khan and Amirakadal were partially open amidst a thin movement of public transport on road.
Internet and prepaid mobile service continued to remain suspended in Kashmir on 131st straight day. Lieutenant Governor and his Advisor assured that internet service will be restored in Kashmir valley soon. However, they did not mention any specific day.
Witnesses said that people were again barred to offer Friday prayers a central Jamia Masjid in old city which continued to remain closed on 19th week with a posse of police and paramilitary forces deployed to thwart any attempt of protests by people post Friday prayers.
Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led Centre scrapped Articles 370 and 35A and divided the erstwhile state into two Union Territories on August 5 with Jammu and Kashmir having legislation and Ladakh without one.



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