Police in J&K Asked To Enforce Strict Lockdown

A CRPF man halting a motorcyclist during coronavirus imposed curbs in the Old City of Srinagar | KO File Photo, Abid Bhat

Srinagar: In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday was directed to strictly enforce lockdown in the Union Territory and only allow vehicles with valid passes on the roads.

The instructions to police were passed by Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan while inspecting various police nakas established by the district administration and the police, an official spokesperson said. Khan, he said, asked the police to implement the lockdown strictly and ensure that only those vehicles are allowed who carry valid passes issued by the competent authority.

“The Advisor directed the officers to get 100% passengers travelling from outside tested so that no positive case sneaks into the city,” he added.

The official spokesperson further said that the LG’s advisor emphasized upon the importance of breaking the chain through such measures and stressed to put a message across for the people to adopt the COVID appropriate behaviour.

“Advisor Khan said staying at home, wearing masks, keeping social distance and vaccination are primary requirements for containing the pandemic and directed the officers to sensitize the people about these precautions,” he added.

He further said that the SP Srinagar (west) Parpreet Singh briefed the Advisor about the measures taken for implementation of lockdown and the deployment of police personnel for making the exercise result oriented.

“He informed that special nakas have been set up on both National highway and old National highway aimed to check the movements of vehicles during lockdown. He assured the Advisor that the arrangements put in place would be further strengthened so that the movement of vehicles without any emergency is checked,” the official spokesperson added.

Train Services Suspended For 6 Days

Meanwhile Railway authorities on Monday decided to suspend train services in the Kashmir Valley for six days, starting Tuesday, in view of the worsening COVID-19 situation.

“The train services between Banihal-Baramulla section and vice-versa will remain suspended with effect from 11.05.2021 to 16.05.2021 in view of worsening COVID situation in Kashmir,” an official of the Northern Railways said.

The step to shut down services comes three days ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr amid reports that migrant labourers were using it to enter the Valley to escape mandatory COVID-19 testing at Qazigund.

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