Srinagar: A complete shutdown is being observed in Srinagar city on Saturday, against alleged desecration of Jamia Masjid by police personnel yesterday after Friday prayers.
Shutdown call against “police atrocities” was given by Anjuman-e- Auqaf Jamia Masjid and supported by Hurriyat conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, JKLF chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Freedom Party chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah and many trade bodies.
All the separatists’ leaders strongly condemned police actions in Kashmir University and Jamia Masjid.
Pertinently, two days before police resorted to aerial firing against University students who were demanding release of their colleague, Muzamil Farooq. The students alleged police personnel of even beating girl students. Later University authorities suspended class work in the University and “forcibly” vacated hostels. Police said that Muzamil has been arrested for his “militant links”.
Later, tomorrow Police after Friday prayers in order to chase away protesters at Nowhatta, area of the city allegedly fired many tear smoke shells in to the historic Jamia Masjid and allegedly beat worshippers.
Reacting very sharply against police action, Auqaf Jamia Masjid, which functions under Mirwaiz, called for a shutdown in Srinagar followed by Geelani, Malik and Shah.
Shops, business establishments and schools are closed in the city and public transport is off the roads. Reports said that authorities have deployed extra forces to meet any law and order situation. Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest last evening. “Mirwaiz had to lead a protest march in Nowhatta today,” Hurriyat (M) spokesman, Shahid ul Islam said who himself was placed under house detention.