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2010 Kashmir: Jama Masjid without Juma prayers

Srinagar: Jama Masjid Srinagar could not hold Friday prayers for 14 consecutive weeks during 2010, thanks to frequent curfews clamped by the state administration. The latest curfew was to prevent Mir Waiz Umar Farooq from attending the Friday prayer. There was a siege around the mosque following heavy deployment of police and CRPF at Rajouri Kadal area. Mirwaiz Farooq was placed under house arrest at his Nageen residence.

People from rural areas who had thronged in thousands on 10th Muharram were disappointed as they could not reach the Jama Masjid because of police deployment. Separatist leaders termed police action as an attempt to curb not only political but also religious rights. Mirwaiz Farooq termed his house arrest and that of his workers as direct interference in religious affairs. Prayers, however, at other mosques were offered as usual without any interference inspite of the curfew.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 22

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