SRINAGAR — Authorities allowed Friday prayers at Hazratbal shrine, however, contrary to the expectations of Jamia Masjid management, no Friday prayers were allowed at the historic mosque.
Scores of people including females had arrived at the historic mosque but returned back after finding gates of the historic mosque locked.
Some women were seen wailing over the continuous closure of the mosque, alleging the gardens and parks have been thrown open for leisure while shrines and mosques are closed for devotees.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continues to remain under house detention. He was detained by authorities prior to abrogation of Article 370 in 2019.
Meanwhile, hundreds of devotees offered Friday prayers at Hazratbal shrine. One of the devotees told news agency Kashmir News Trust that authorities allowed them to offer Friday prayers after 28 weeks.
He appealed authorities not to close the shrine for Friday prayers on the pretext of COVID-19.