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Repeatedly locking down Jamia Masjid unacceptable: Mirwaiz

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‘Prisoners Living Under Great Risk, Life Threat’
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday denounced the authorities decision of once again bar congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid on the auspicious occasion of Mehraj-e-Alam (SAW)
In a statement, Mirwaiz said that disallowing the people from offering congregational prayers at the grand Masjid, the spiritual centre of people, where masjlis-e-Toba-e-Istigfaar was to be held, has deeply hurt religious sentiments of hundreds of people.
Mirwaiz said repeatedly locking down the grand mosque was unacceptable and stated that while entire Muslim Umaah is observing Mehraj-e-Alam with religious fervour, thousands of Kashmiri people were deprived of their religious right and stopped from attending the traditional religious event at Jamia Masjid as stringent curbs were in place amid heavy deployment of government forces. Mirwaiz said that religious rights of people are also not spared.
“The policy of oppression being followed in Kashmir is nothing but a sheer political vendetta against the people and to punish them,” he said.
Meanwhile, a spokesman of the amalgam strongly condemned the use of force against the inmates at Central Jail, terming the move as ultimate “highhandedness on part of the jail authorities.”
“The beating inmates have left at least five prisoners badly injured and the assault against inmates has raised the apprehensions that prisoners were living under a great risk and life threat to them.”

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