Lockdown Completes 30 Days, Police Maintains Vigil


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

Srinagar: The lockdown continued for the 30th consecutive day in Jammu and Kashmir with all the markets, educational institutions and the private offices barring essential sectors remaining closed.

Contingents of police and paramilitary forces are deployed on the roads to enforce the lockdown imposed in the wake of the deadly virus, which has claimed five lives so far and infected over 400 people in J&K.

The markets across Jammu and Kashmir wore deserted look while as the people preferred to stay indoors. The vehicular movement—both private as well as public remained off the roads throughout the day.

Moreover, authorities continue to book the people for defying the government’s prohibitory orders issued under section 144 CrPC.

Ten shops were sealed and over a dozen vehicles and two-wheelers seized in different areas of Srinagar for violating lockdown orders. Concerned authorities including Tehsildars and police swung into action against violators found in their respective jurisdictions.

It followed instructions of Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary for strict action against violators of lockdown as ordered for containment of COVID-19 in the district.

These shops were sealed in jurisdictions of 4 Tehsils — including 4 shops in Eidgah, 3 shops in North, 2 shops in Shalteng and 1 shop in Chanpora. In Koker Bazar area of South tehsil two shopkeepers were arrested for violations and others given strict warnings against future violations.

Strict action was also taken against private vehicles found moving around without permission. Seven cars and five two-wheelers as well as a tipper truck with construction material were seized during the inspection drive held in different areas of the district.

It should be noted that complete restrictions on public movement and activities have been ordered till May 3 in the district. Concerned authorities have been instructed for strict enforcement of restrictions and strict action against violators.

In Ganderbal, 49 vehicles have been seized by police for defying the prohibitory orders in the district. In Sopore area of north Kashmir, police seized a car for defying the government orders

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