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Friday prayers not allowed at Srinagar’s Jama Masjid

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Srinagar: Authorities disallowed congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jama Masjid here today amid fear of protests against the Israeli action in Gaza, officials said.

This was the second consecutive Friday when prayers were disallowed at the historic mosque.

The grand mosque, located in the Nowhatta area of the city, remained locked and security personnel were deployed around the mosque to maintain law and order, they said.

The Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid — the managing body of the mosque — in a statement said that for the second consecutive Friday, police closed the gates of the mosque saying it will not be opened for Friday prayers.

The Auqaf said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was “once again stopped for the second consecutive Friday from going to the mosque.”

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