HC Directs Strict Action Against Persons Concealing Travel History


J&K High Court – File Pic

Jammu- Taking serious note of some persons concealing their travel history to escape the mandatory quarantine period, Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday directed the administration to take necessary action against them.

The authorities of the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh should enforce their notifications, instructions and orders regarding all disclosures including travel history; quarantining and isolation stringently and take strict measures to ensure that all requirements are strictly enforced for containing the spread of coronavirus disease, the high court said in its order.

Hearing a plea through video conferencing from Srinagar, a bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sindhu Sharma said judicial notice can be taken of the several complaints being made in the electronic and the print media with regard to persons who are concealing their foreign travel history to escape the mandatory quarantine, even though they are required to disclose the same.

Some of such persons have been found to be infected and huge public resources have been expended on tracking, not only these persons, but their several contacts during the period up to their detection, the order read.

The high court also directed the BSNL to make every effort operationalize the video conferencing facilities in all courts within the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh at the earliest.

Have Travel History, Come Forward: DGP To Cops, Kin

Director General of Police J&K Dilbag Singh on Tuesday asked police personnel and their relatives to come forward for self-isolation if they have international travel history.

Chairing a high-level meeting here at the Police Headquarters to take stock of ground situation in view of the coronavirus pandemic, Singh said that all police personnel must adhere to the instructions circulated to each district and unit, a police spokesperson said.

Singh said that the necessary arrangements and procedures, precautions must be followed in all the units of the J&K Police. He said those police personnel or their relatives who have international travel history must come forward for self-isolation.

According to the spokesperson, the DGP directed the officers to use the community policing and alert the general public about the virus. He said Police personnel who are on guard duties at quarantine centers or on escort duties must be briefed on daily basis and well protected taking all precautions.

“He said that people’s cooperation is important in handling the current situation,” the spokesperson said.

“Police along with other security forces have contributed in a big way in handling tougher situations and together with the cooperation of people we will succeed in the mission of containing the spread of this disease,” Singh said.

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