Srinagar: The authorities in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir again sealed the historic Jamia Masjid and kept senior APHC leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest in Srinagar.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the Anjuman Auqaf of the Jamia Masjid in a statement issued in Srinagar said police officials once again closed the gates of Jamia Masjid and informed the Auqaf not to open the gates, as Friday prayers will not be allowed, today. This is for the third consecutive Friday that people were not allowed to offer Juma prayers at the grand mosque. The authorities feared that the Juma congregation at the historic mosque could turn into an anti-India and anti-Israel demonstration.
Meanwhile, the authorities also continued to place Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest. He was scheduled to deliver weekly Juma sermon at the Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, today. Earlier this week, the Mirwaiz was not allowed to attend Urs of Hazrat Peeran-e-Peer Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA) in Khanyar and a Seerat conference at the shrine of Peer Dastgir Sahib at Sarai Bala in Srinagar.
Prominent religious scholar Agha Syed Mohammed Hadi was also placed under house arrest in Badgam by the authorities for the second consecutive Friday. Besides, police personnel were deployed outside the mosque where he leads Friday prayers in Bemina. Agha Hadi was placed under house arrest the last Friday too to prevent him from leading a protest in support of Palestinian people.