Curbs in place spoil Eid cheer in Jammu and Kashmir

Restrictions imposed in and around Hazratbal shrine stops devotees from reaching mosque

Published: 11th November 2019 09:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th November 2019 09:29 AM   |  A+A-

Security stands by at Hazratbal shrine during celebration, of Eid-e-Milad (L), Devotees pray as they get a glimpse of the holy relic | PTI

Express News Service

SRI NAGAR: In a first, the Jammu and Kashmir government, imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar, especially in and around Hazratbal area, on the occasion of Eid-i-Milad, on Sunday, and barred people from attending prayers at the revered Hazratbal shrine.

Security was beefed up in and around areas linking Srinagar and Hazratbal shrine as a precaution, with road blockades being set up in Nageen area to prevent people from reaching the shrine. Traffic was also diverted from Nageen via Kashmir University campus.

Only locals of the areas around the shrine were allowed to visit and offer their prayers. Few hundred locals performed night long prayers in the shrine and caught a glimpse of the holy relic of the Prophet after the prayers.

“Only 400-500 people were present in the shrine in the Fajar (morning) prayers. This was in total contrast to the attendance of thousands of people in the prayers in the shrine on Eid-i-Milad in previous years,” said a photo-journalist who visited the shrine in the morning to take pictures.

A local, Zahoor Ahmad, said it was the first time that people were barred from visiting the Hazratbal shrine.“This amounts to interference in our religious affairs,”Ahmad said.

A police official said restrictions were imposed to maintain law and order as there were apprehensions that some people may attempt to disturb the peace by defying Section 144 restrictions.

Earlier, on November 1, the authorities had barred people from offering annual “Khoja Digar” (afternoon prayers) at a Sufi saint shrine at Naqashband sahib area of Nowhatta, in downtown Srinagar.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp