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Barring Jamia masjid, Friday prayers offered in Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 6 (UNI) Barring historic Jamia Masjid in the downtown Srinagar, Friday prayers were offered in the Kashmir valley normally, official sources said.
No prayers were offered in the Jamia masjid, stronghold of chairman of Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, since August 5 when restrictions were imposed there after the Ccentre scrapped Article 370 and 35 A, besides dividing the state into two Union Territories (UT).
The Mirwaiz, who used to address Friday congregations in the Masjid also remained under house arrest since August 4.
Police said there are no restriction in the Nowhatta area of the downtown, where the Jamia Masjid is located. People are free to offer prayers in the worship place, police added.
However, management of the Masjid said no prayers would be offered until security forces in the area are withdrawn.
They said prayers would be resumed in the Masjid only after all security forces and state police personnel are withdrawn and people are allowedly freely to enter the worship place. There is a security force vehicle parked at the main gate of the masjid, they said.
Authorities banned prayers in the mosque since August 5 and deployed large number of security forces in the jamia market and closed all gates.
However, security forces were withdrawn later last month from the market, where shops remain open during the first half of the day.
Friday prayers were offered in the valley peacefully, sources said.
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