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No Eid prayers at Srinagar’s Eidgah: Jama Masjid managing body

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Srinagar: Authorities here have disallowed Eid prayers at the Eidgah in the city, the managing body of the Jama Masjid said on Wednesday.

In a statement, the Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid said the decision was conveyed to the managing body by the authorities.

The congregational Eid prayers have not been allowed at the Eidgah for the last many years now.

“This is to inform the public that authorities have conveyed to Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid that once again, Eid ul Azha prayers will not be allowed at the historic and central Eidgah Srinagar,” the statement said.

It said the district administration officials conveyed the decision to Anjuman Auqaf this morning.

In keeping with traditions, the Anjuman had announced that Eid prayers will be held at Eidgah Srinagar at 9 am.

“Barring prayers at Eidgah which is the central place designated for these special community prayers for centuries is extremely unfortunate and condemnable, hurting the sentiments of lakhs of Muslims of the Valley and outside and a poor reflection on the state of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement said.

Eid prayers have not taken place at the Eidgah since 2016 as the authorities apprehend law and order issues.

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