Curbs In Srinagar To Continue Till May 3

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Forces personnel stand guard at a checkpoint in Srinagar. KO Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar- The district authorities on Friday renewed prohibitory orders, banning public movement and operation of business and other establishments in district Srinagar till May 3 in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

District Magistrate Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary today ordered extension of restrictions under Section 144 CrPc in the district till May 3, an official handout said. According to the order, there shall be complete restrictions on public movement and operation of business and other establishments in the district all through this extended period.

The order states that it is imperative that the ongoing restrictions remain enforced in view of the situation, as various areas in the district have been notified as containment or red zones.

“It states that the order is in line with the revised lockdown guidelines in the MHA Government of India order issued on April 15 which excludes areas notified as Covid-19 containment zones from exemptions that it allows after April 20,” the handout said

It further says that the order was also as per instructions of the J&K State Executive Committee (SEC) which has issued a detailed SOP to follow in the Covid-19 red zones.

The order allows movement of essential services with movement passes based as per requirement. It also instructs heads of departments to ensure no misuse of passes issued to their staff for the purpose of delivering services, the official statement said.

The order says that the healthcare officers and frontline workers associated with Covid-19 containment efforts will be allowed to move on production of valid IDs along with duty slips issued to them by their concerned HODs. It adds that all movement passes issued from the office of the District Magistrate from March 20 will continue to remain valid till May 3.

“Violations of instructions as given in this order will attract strict proceedings and action under Section 188 of IPC and Section 51 of NDMA,” the handout adds.

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