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No Eid prayers at Jama Masjid due to law & order threat: Officials

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Srinagar: As the management committee of Jama Masjid Srinagar has not accepted the conditions put forth by the authorities, Eid prayers will not be offered there on Tuesday, officials said.

Officials said that the management was asked to complete the prayers by 7 am and that too inside the premises. The management was asked to take responsibility for any untoward incident, that included sloganeering or any anti-national activity.

Pertinently, on the occasion of Shab-e-Qadr and Jumat-ul-Vida, owing inputs of disruption of peace and tranquillity, the authorities had temporarily closed historic Jama Masjid.

Officials said that there are many reliable inputs of disruption and clashes in Jamia Masjid after namaz, which forced administration to request Jamia authorities for preponing prayers to 7 am.

“The intezamia committee was urged to take a decision at their own level regarding prayer timing. However, it has been learnt through social media and other reliable sources that the committee could not draw concordance among its members regarding the proposed timing of the Eid prayers,” said the statement.

It added that further, the committee also refused to give any assurance or undertaking for peaceful conduct of Eid prayers by having enough volunteers in and around Jamia campus.

Pertinent to mention that there is umpteen evidence of episodes in the past erupting into law & order problems by miscreants compelling authorities to act in the interest of public safety and security.

While detailing the incidents of violence by miscreants at Jama Masjid during past years including the lynching of a police officer In 2017, in a violent law and order incident during Shab-e-Qadr, the officials said, “Consequently, it will be difficult to have peaceful conduct of Eid prayers at Jama. As such holding prayers is not possible under present circumstances. General public is requested to leverage the option of offering Eid prayers in local mosques, shrines and designated places with full fervour and enthusiasm.”

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