Srinagar: Authorities on Friday allowed the weekly congregational prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta Srinagar after seven weeks.
The Jamia was closed for Friday prayers in the last week of Ramazan and since then people were not allowed to enter it on Fridays.
Sources said that a large number of worshipers thronged the worship place today and offered their prayers athough Mirwaiz Umar Farooq remained under house arrest. He addressed the worshippers on phone.
After 7 weeks Friday prayers allowed. Heavy deployment on all routes leading to JamaMasjid to discourage people, I addressed people over phone,” Tweeted Mirwaiz.
— Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (@MirwaizKashmir) August 4, 2017
Sources said that today, the government didn’t deploy forces anywhere in the city as has been the routine for the past seven weeks.
Trader’s bodies on Thursday lead a protest march against the administration for not allowing prayers in the Jamia.