As Corona curfew completes one month, Masjids, shrines remain closed for mandatory Friday prayers in J&K

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190 persons arrested for violating norms in Kashmir: Police

Srinagar, May 28 : All the major shrines and Masjids falling under the control of Wakf board and the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar here continued to remain closed for the mandatory Friday prayers across Jammu and Kashmir as the Corona curfew imposed by the government completed one month period.

Notably, the government imposed Corona curfew in J&K on April 29, 2021 evening in order to prevent the deadly virus from spreading. However, the lockdown period was extended five times since last month. Recently, the government announced that the curfew would continue to remain in place across J&K till May 31, 2021.

Moreover, all the major shrines and Masjids including Hazratbal shrine, Khankah Maula, and others remained closed for the mandatory Friday prayers today.

Witnesses told the news agency that no Friday prayers were held at the shrines and Masjids falling under the jurisdiction of Wakf board were held today.

Besides, the historic Jamia Masjid also remained closed for the mandatory prayers today.

Moreover, eye-witnesses informed that police and paramilitary troops were deployed although in large numbers to enforce the lockdown restrictions. The barricades and concertina wires were erected at many places and bridges to thwart the public movement, they said.

Meanwhile, all the shops and business establishments barring emergency services remained closed throughout the day in Srinagar and other districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Nonetheless, vehicular movement was witnessed on the roads in almost every area today.

Moreover, a police spokesman said that during the last 24 hours, police have arrested 190 persons, lodged 92 FIRs and also realized fine to the tune of Rs 1,22,920 from 964 people for violating the guidelines and rules throughout Kashmir.

“The special drive against the violators of Covid-19 guidelines and rules continued throughout all the districts of Kashmir Valley to ensure that people adhere to SOPs and guidelines envisaged by the government to curb COVID-19 pandemic,” police said.

Meanwhile, police urged people to cooperate in containing the spread of Coronavirus by following the SOPs, guidelines and protocols for the safety of the people. “The special drive shall continue throughout the districts of Kashmir Valley to strengthen the safety measures,” police said—(KNO)

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