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After four months Friday prayers held at Jamia Masjid

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Srinagar: Congregational prayers were offered on Friday in Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid by following Covid-appropriate behaviour after a gap of four months.
Devotees arrived at the 16th-century mosque amid stringent security arrangements made by the authorities to maintain law and order, officials said.
They said police personnel were deployed in large numbers to ensure security in the area as the first congregational prayer inside the mosque in over a year came a day after a suspected IED blast outside a mosque premises in Nowhatta.
A few dozen women offered prayers in an enclosure marked for them at the mosque, officials said.
The Anjuman Auqaf, which manages the historic mosque, had earlier announced that Friday prayers will be held this week since Covid cases have slowed down and prayers were now being held in all central mosques, khanqahs, shrines and Imambaras of Jammu and Kashmir.
However, the Anjuman Auqaf had made it clear that the devotees have to follow the guidelines of medical experts and strictly adhere to Covid standard operating protocols during the Friday and other daily prayers.
Rahul Gandhi arriving in JK on Monday
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be on a two-day visit to Srinagar from Monday during which he will inaugurate the party’s Jammu and Kashmir headquarters and meet Congress workers, sources said.
They said Gandhi is likely to reach Srinagar on August 9 and may attend the wedding of the son of J&K Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir.
On August 10, he will inaugurate the headquarters of J&K unit of the Congress and address a meeting of parry workers and leaders in the union territory. (PTI)

 


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