Srinagar: The government imposed strict restrictions in parts of Srinagar on Friday to prevent people from holding protests against cleansing of Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar.
Early morning, government forces were deployed in downtown to impose restrictions in the areas falling under five police stations. The government did not allow people to offer Friday prayers in Srinagar Jamia Masjid.
Witnesses said that heavy deployment of government forces including police and CRPF personnel were stationed in and around the Masjid to disallow people from offering prayers there.
The Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had appealed people to hold protests after Friday prayers to express solidarity with Rohingyas. Mirwaiz was house arrested on Thursday.
“Protest against #RohingyaMuslimsGenocide severe restrictions imposed in downtown Srinagar, even children barred from going to schools,” Mirwaiz tweeted. “#Kashmir protests killing of Rohingya Muslims, rallies all across valley, #JamiaMasjid under locked down as Govt again disallows Juma prayers,” he said in another tweet.
In a statement, a spokesperson of the amalgam said, “entire downtown was once again turned into military fortress with huge deployment of forces all over amid strict curfew with authorities disallowing the congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid.”
“The government continues to follow the policy of oppression and disallowing Friday prayers is a direct religious interference,” it said.
“The irony was that the government following the dictatorial approach and is now banning the peaceful protests that are aimed at expressing solidarity with the Muslim brethren who are being killed in cold blooded murder while as world community watches it as a mute spectator,” the spokesperson added.