No Friday prayers were allowed in the historic Jamia masjid in Shehar-e-Khas (SeK), as there was apprehension of trouble in view of strike called by separatists against killing of a teenager in security force firing in south Kashmir district of Pulwama yesterday.
A police official said that restrictions have not been imposed in any part of the valley though security forces have been deployed in strength to maintain law and order and stop protests after Friday prayers.
However, the situation around the historic Masjid was entirely different as all gates leading to Masjid remained closed.
Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Masjid, where moderate Hurriyat Conferene (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq, who was today placed under house arrest, was scheduled to address Friday congregation.
There was also no ‘Azaan’ (call for prayers) in the Masjid, local residents told UNI, alleging that nobody was allowed to enter the area.
Both the factions of the HC and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the agitation, demanding ‘right to self determination’, have called for a general strike in the valley today against the killing of 15-year-old 9th class student, Amir Nazir yesterday.
During the unrest in the valley last year that left 95 civilians dead and thousands others injured in security force action, prayers were not allowed for over 19 week in Jamia masjid, beside Eid-ul-Adha prayers.
However, prayers were offered in mosques across the Valley, where immediately after the prayers were over, people joined protests and raised slogans.