Ahead of PM Modi’s visit to the state, authorities Friday denied Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in old city’s Nowhatta area. This was for the second consecutive Friday that authorities barred people from offering the congregational prayers at the grand mosque. Soon after the pre-dawn prayers, authorities had sealed the Jamia Masjid and denied entry, locals said. A posse of police and paramilitary personal has been deployed in the area known to simmer in anti-establishment protest after Friday prayers. The huge presence of forces restricted people from coming out of their residences, the locals said. Notably, Hurriyat (m) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had called for a protest rally at Jamia Masjid today to commemorate “the martyrs of Jammu”. Nearly 4 lakh Muslims were massacred in Jammu province by Hindu fanatics on November 6, 1947. The incident came down in history as “ethnic cleansing” of Jammu Muslims.
2015 Kashmir Despatch