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Jama Masjid remains shut for Friday prayers

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Srinagar: Srinagar’s Jama Masjid remained shut for congregational prayers for 45 Fridays this year, its management body said on Friday.

It appealed to authorities to stop “this grave injustice” against the Muslims of the Valley and open the mosque for the prayers.

“As the year ends, central Jama Masjid – the religious and spiritual centre of the people of Kashmir – still remains out of bounds for Muslims of the valley for congregational Friday prayers as its lockdown by authorities continues,” Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid, which manages the mosque, said.

It said the mosque has been “forcibly locked down” for 45 Fridays this year — consecutively for 21 Fridays so far.

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