No Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid for 13th week, Khwaja Digar disallowed at Naqshband Sahab
SRINAGAR, Nov 1: Normal life continued to be affected in Kashmir due to shut down on 89th consecutive day today amid fresh restrictions, clashes and protests in parts of Srinagar a day after Jammu and Kashmir ceased to be the state following Centre’s August 5 decision to scrap Articles 370 and 35A.
While central Jamia Masjid in old city’s Nowhatta area remained locked for congregational Friday prayers for 13th consecutive week, authorities also disallowed special (Ashr) afternoon prayers at Khwaja Naqshbad Sahab shrine at Khwaja Bazar.
The move evoked protests outside Khwaja Naqshbad Sahab shrine by hundreds of devotees including men, women and children who came to offer special prayers. Police according to reports used force to disperse protesters; however, no one was reportedly injured the incident.
Reports of clashes were also received from several areas of old city where youth hit streets and fought pitched battles with deployed police and paramilitary forces post Friday prayers. Police in order to disperse the agitated youth fired tear smoke shells.
Reports and witnesses said that markets as usual were closed and public transport remained constantly off the roads on 89th consecutive day. Thin movement of private vehicles was however seen on deserted roads.
Roadside vendors at few places in Srinagar had setup their stalls while people throng city’s flea market (Sunday market) at Residency Road which remained closed for three days.
Valley’s educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities wore deserted look as students continued to abstain from classes ever since the administration ordered all educational institutions open in Kashmir.
Prepaid mobile, broadband and pocket internet services continued to remain suspended in the valley for 89th running day. Banihal to Baramulla rail service also remained suspended on account of uncertain situation in restive valley.
Fresh restrictions under section 144 CrPc were re-imposed in parts of old city amid thick deployment of police and paramilitary forces on roads.
Reports said that roads leading to Jamia Masjid and Khwaja Naqshband Sahab (r.a) shrine were sealed and people disallowed to offer congregational Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid or special (Asr) afternoon prayers (Khwaja Digar) at Naqshband Sahab shrine at Khwaja Bazar area.
Devotees after waiting for hours outside Naqshband Sahab shrine staged protests on main road after they were informed that prayers will not be allowed to offer in the shrine. Large number of men women and children halted main road at Khwaja Bazar amid restrictions to protest authorities move.