At least 11 people were injured on Friday after a mosque collapsed in Kashmir’s north-eastern district of Ganderbal during Friday prayers.
Police officials said that the ceiling of a mosque at Sayed Mohalla in Ganderbal gave way as a large gathering was offering Friday prayers, on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad, the birth anniversary of last prophet of Islam.
“The mosque was jam packed and the ceiling could not hold upon the weight of the gathering on the first floor,” a police official said.
The injured were rushed to a hospital by locals and the police.
Elsewhere in valley, numerous gatherings were held to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
People offered night-long prayers across Masjids and Shrines in the Valley. The biggest congregational prayers were held at Hazratbal, which houses the relic of the holy prophet, in Srinagar where tens of thousands of devotees gathered for the Friday prayers.
Another congregation was held at the Srinagar’s historic Grand Mosque in the old Srinagar city where chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who is also the chief cleric there, addressed people.
The Imams and Clerics on the occasion asked people to seek refuge in the teachings of peace, tolerance and submission to the Almighty as taught by the holy Prophet.
Several religious, social and political leaders greeted people on the occasion.
The state administration had made elaborate arrangements of security and transport for the devotees.