Srinagar, May 17: Government on Friday did not allow the weekly congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.
Reports said that men in uniform had locked all gates of the Jamia early today and all roads leading to it were blocked.
Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in and around Jamia in Nowhatta area of the old town, they said.
Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq termed locking down of the Jamia Masjid as ‘hurting the sentiments of the people’.
Taking to social networking site Twitter, Mirwaiz wrote: “In the holy month of Ramadan also, the biggest mosque of valley is locked down and put under seige. Thousands of Muslims are denied the right to pray there. Such measures reflect the rulers utter disdain for people’s religious rights or hurting their sentiments which is very sad.”