Srinagar: Strict curfew imposed across Kashmir on Friday, many of mosques were barricaded by concertina wires to stop people entering mosques for the Friday prayer.
Prohibitory orders were clamped in the entire district of Srinagar on Friday to thwart a proposed march by separatists even as south and north Kashmir areas continued to be under curfew.
Authorities imposed curfew in many old city areas on Thursday night to thwart the Eidgah Macrh programme, the call for which has been given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G).
Srinagar District Magistrate Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo announced imposition of curfew in the entire Srinagar district Friday morning.
In Srinagar, police backed by paramilitary soldiers sealed off surroundings with barbed wire and blocked roads with security vehicles.
The Jamia Masjid, in Srinagar, was among the many mosques were people unable to attend for Friday prayers.
Police did not allow people to offer congregational Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid in old city, locals said.
A resident of Nowhatta told Agence India Press over on phone that, huge contingents of police and CRPF were deployed outside the Masjid to prevent people from offering prayers.
Uneasy calm prevailed in the summer capital on Friday as hundreds of policemen and paramilitary CRPF troopers enforced curfew.
Police and CRPF men did not allow people to come out on roads in any part of the city. “Curfew was enforced to ensure that no one marches towards Eidgah,” police said.
There were no reports about protests or clashes from any part of the city when this report was filed.
Curfew was imposed in seven police station areas of the old city since June 28 when the city had witnessed violent protests following civilian deaths in security forces firing.