Srinagar: No prayers were offered for 18th consecutive Friday today in Jamia masjid in old Srinagar, as authorities laid siege to the historic Grand mosque since Thursday evening. Heavy deployment of police and para-military forces were in place since Thursday evening in the wake of a ‘chalo’ call made by the pro-freedom camp in their weekly protest ‘calendar’.
The resistance leaders asked people to observe this Friday as “the independence of Jamia masjid (Youm-e-Istiqlal)” by offering prayers there.
Earlier, Director General Law and Order SP Vaid told Kashmir Narrator that restrictions will be in place in old srinagar to “maintain law and order in the area”.
He also said that the authorities impose restrictions only in the wake of “calendars issued by the separatist leaders”.
Pro-freedom leaders continue to remain either under house arrest or detained in police stations. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest while as Yasin Malik was detained at a local police station on Thursday.
Mirwaiz, however, tried to march towards the besieged mosque but was detained outside his Nigeen residence.