Authorities on Friday imposed strict restrictions in parts of Srinagar as a precautionary measure as the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for protests against the killings of Rohingya Muslims in Burma. The curbs were put into place in the downtown areas of Srinagar.
JRL had earlier this week urged the people to hold peaceful protests against the Rohingya Muslim killings after Friday congregational prayers.
Police erected barricades at several places in the old city and restricted the movement of the pedestrians.
Authorities also locked down the central mosque of old city in Nowhatta. Hurriyat (M) Chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest at his Nigeen residence.
“Protest against #RohingyaMuslimsGenocide severe restrictions imposed in downtown srinagar, even children barred from going to schools,” Mirwaiz tweeted.
Meanwhile, authorities also disallowed Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
“#Kashmir protests killing of Rohingya Muslims,rallies all across valley, #JamaMasjid under locked down as Govt again disallows Juma prayers,” Mirwaiz said in another tweet.
The authorities on Thursday also took preventive custody of JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik ahead of the protests call given by the JRL.
“Yasin Malik was taken into preventive custody because of the protest call they have given against the killing of Rohingya Muslims,” IG Kashmir Munir Khan told Kashmir Vision.
Condemning the killings and persecution of Rohingya Muslims, Hurriyat (M) chairman and chief cleric of Kashmir, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday said that September 8 will be observed as “Solidarity Day” with the victims.
Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani had also called for a peaceful protest after Friday prayers against the “state sponsored genocide” in Myanmar and to express solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims.
Apart from the separatist groups, various religious groups had also called for protests against Rohingya Muslim killings on Friday.