Restrictions around Jamia Masjid lifted

SRINAGAR, JUL 16: Restrictions around the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar have been lifted while life returned to normal in Anantnag in south Kashmir after four days.
All the gates of the Jamia Masjid, stronghold of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, are open today. For the past five weeks no Friday prayers could be offered in the Masjid due to restrictions.
The gates were closed since July 12, when a local militant of Nowhatta area of the down town was killed in an encounter alongwith two others in central Kashmir district of Badgam.
Security forces in the Jamia market had also been withdrawn and majority shops and business establishments were open today. However, the number of customers was less as compared to normal days.
Though authorities lifted curfew like restrictions in the down town and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) yesterday after three days, but restrictions around the Jamia Masjid and Pandan, Nowhatta, continued also yesterday, the fourth day fateha of local militant.
Meanwhile, life also returned to normal in Anantnag in south Kashmir, where people observed spontaneous strike yesterday, alleging that security forces entered a mosque and also beat up people on July 14. Shops and business establishments reopened and traffic was plying on all routes normally. (AGENCIES)