Srinagar: Congregational noon prayers were offered at the historic Jamia Masjid in old Srinagar on Friday after 19 consecutive weeks as authorities finally lifted the siege of the grand mosque.
However, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest and the prayers were led by the local Imam of the grand mosque, a local who attended the prayers said.
There was no deployment of forces in an around the mosque with the result many people managed to reach the mosque to offer the prayers.
At some places in downtown Srinagar forces were deployed to restrict the civilian movement, locals said.
Soon after the prayers were over, locals assembled outside the mosque and protested against the killings that took place during the four month long agitation in the Valley, a local told Kashmir Narrator.
A protest march was spontaneously led by youth at Nowhatta square which, till last reports came, was moving towards Khanyar.