Srinagar: Police have arrested 143 people in the Kashmir valley in a span of 24 hours for violating lockdown guidelines issued by the administration to curb COVID-19, officials said on Tuesday.
They said vehicles were seized as well for flouting the norms in Budgam and Bandipora districts.
“During the last 24 hours, police have arrested 143 people, lodged 79 FIRs and also realised fines to the tune of Rs 84,930 from 620 people for violating the guidelines throughout Kashmir valley,” an official said.
Since the outbreak of the second wave of the coronavirus, the J&K Police has enhanced its efforts to sensitise the masses about the highly contagious disease.
A slew of measures, including restrictions under section 144 of the CrPC, have been imposed in the region.
Meanwhile, normal life remained affected in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday as the lockdown in the wake of an alarming surge in coronavirus cases continued, officials said.
Restrictions on the movement and assembly of people continued to remain imposed across the J&K. Police and paramilitary forces put barricades on roads at many places in Srinagar as well as in other district headquarters of the Valley and the Jammu region to prevent the movement of people.
However, essential and emergency services are allowed, the officials added.
Most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments remained shut while public transport was off the roads.
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