119th Day of continuous shutdown, Friday prayers disallowed in Jamia Masjid for straight 17th week

Normal life remained affected in the Valley for the 119th straight day Friday due to the separatist-sponsored strike.
Shops, business establishments and fuel stations across Kashmir were shut, but some were open in the civil lines and the outskirts of the summer capital Srinagar, the official said.
While there were no curbs on the movement of people anywhere in Kashmir, restrictions on the assembly of people under Section 144 CrPC were in place throughout the Valley, the official said.

Meanwhile, authorities on Friday again did not allow congregational prayers at historic Jamia Masjid, Srinagar by cordoning it and not allowing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to reach the Jamia.
Local sources told Kashmir Post that heavy contingent of police and CRPF has laid a siege around Jamia Masjid and nobody was allowed to move towards it.
Hurriyat (M) spokesman and media advisor to Mirwaiz, advocate Shahid ul Islam told Kashmir Post that Mirwaiz was continuously under house arrest and was not allowed to proceed to Jamia Masjid.
“Mirwaiz saheb’s residence and Jamia Masjid is under siege,” Shahid said. He strongly condemned it and said “this is a direct interference in religious matters of Kashmiri Muslims.”
Pertinently, this is for the 17th straight Friday when Muslims were barred to offer congregational prayers in historic Jamia Masjid, Srinagar since July 9, day after militant commander Burhan Wani was killed.

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