Srinagar, The J&K government imposed strict curfew in old Srinagar areas on Friday to foil the proposed march to Jamia Masjid (Grand Mosque) by Kashmir’s joint resistance leadership. The Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was detained while trying to defy the curbs around his residence and proceed towards the grand mosque in old Srinagar’s Nowhatta locality.
Reports said strict curfew was imposed in areas falling under police stations in old Srinagar including Maharaj Gunj, Nowhatta, Khanyar and Rainawari, while strict restrictions remained in place in Batamaloo and Maisuma areas of uptown city as well. Residents of old Srinagar areas said heavy deployment of police and paramilitary CRPF personnel was made on the streets while main roads were sealed with concertina wire. Roads leading to Jamia Masjid were completely sealed with barricades and rolls of barbed wire, they said.
MIRWAIZ DEFIES CURBS, DETAINED
Kashmir’s chief cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was placed under house arrest, tried to defy restrictions by coming out of his Nigeen residence here this afternoon and proceed towards Jamia Masjid. He was, however, detained by police.
Talking to media-persons before his detention, Mirwaiz said preventing people from offering Friday congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid is the “worst form of State terrorism.” After his release from Cheshmashahi Sub-Jail some days back, Mirwaiz had announced that he would break the “military siege” around Jamia Masjid on October 28 and offer prayers there.