Day 6: Lockdown continues across JK
Srinagar: Authorities on Tuesday continued with the strict restrictions across Jammu and Kashmir for the sixth consecutive day after three more positive case of deadly coronavirus was detected in the Valley.
The people continued to observe complete lockdown and kept themselves indoors throughout the day to prevent the virus from spreading.
Restrictions continued to remain in place across Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory for the sixth consecutive day. However, during the day, dozens of people were booked by the authorities for violating the government orders.
Witnesses said that police and paramilitary forces were deployed in strength who enforced the restrictions across the UT in wake of the deadly Coronavirus outbreak.
Many people who were found violating the government orders were booked by the authorities.
Officials said that police arrested ten drivers and seized their tippers and also arrested one shopkeeper who were found violating the government orders.
In north Kashmir’s Handwara area of Kupwara district, 34 persons were booked while as 16 vehicles have been seized for violating the government orders.
“In Handwara, six persons were arrested and six vehicles seized for violating the orders. In this regard, a case under FIR number 74, 75 under section 188 IPC stands registered in Police Station Handwara,” police said.
In police station Kralgund, three violators have been booked and three vehicles seized for the same offences and a case under FIR number 24 under section 188 IPS stands registered in Police Station Kralgund, police said, adding that in Vilagm police station, a case under FIR number 15/2020 under section 188 IPC stands registered and 15 violators have been arrested and six vehicles seized.
In Police Station Qalamabad, 10 violators who were found violating the restrictions imposed under section 144 IPC have been booked, adding that a case under FIR number 16/2020 under section 188 IPC stands registered and investigation is going on
In South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, authorities sealed at least 21 shops for violating the government orders issued in wake of deadly Corona-Virus pandemic.
An official said that as a preventive measure to contain the spread of Covid-19 and in order to ensure strict implementation of section 144 CrPc, 21 shops operating in violation of restrictions and have been sealed. He said that these shops were sealed by district police and Municipal Committee Anantnag.
In South Kashmir’s Shopian district, officials said that at least 25 shopkeepers have been booked in the district for violating the government norms.
Police in Poonch district on Tuesday booked violators for violating the restriction order of District Magistrate Poonch.
Officials said that police authorities are taking action against violators who are found violating the restriction orders especially the vehicle drivers and shopkeepers.
Officials said that seven person have been booked in Poonch for violation of restriction orders whereas three in Surankote sub division. Similarly, seven violators have been booked in Mendhar sub division.
Besides, the roads across Jammu and Kashmir wore deserted look today with people across the UT preferring to stay indoors in wake of the deadly virus.
Meanwhile, acting tough against people defying the 10-day shutdown effected since Sunday evening, police registered nearly 100 FIRs, sealed several shops and seized many vehicles across Jammu region, officials said.
Despite intermittent rains lashing the city and and the region, the policemen with masked faces stood guard at various key intersections and stretches of deserted roads barricaded with barbed wire to discourage people from venturing out of their homes.
Only those providing essential supplies and services or having any emergency were allowed on roads by cops, who won instant praise on social media for braving rains and risks to keep the society safe and secure from the deadly virus.
Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday sealed the interstate borders with Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and the UT of Ladakh, a day after imposing a 10-day shutdown in the entire region as part of the efforts to combat coronavirus.
The administration has added a few more items including poultry and meat to the list of 16 essential services to be available to the residents during the shutdown.
Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam visited Lakhanpur, bordering Punjab along Jammu-Pathankot highway, and ordered strict sealing of the border, the officials said.
Anyone wishing to enter Jammu and Kashmir including local students and those who have gone outside for work or holiday will have to undergo 14-day quarantine,” District Development Commissioner Om Parkash Bhagat said.
He said there will be no compromise in enforcing the lockdown to curb the spread of the virus spread and prevent the disease from upgrading further.
Officials said over 300 persons, including local residents, reached Lakhanpur border to enter the UT but only those willing to undergo the quarantine were allowed.
Trucks carrying essential supplies, however, were allowed without any hindrance after proper screening of the drivers, said officials.
The UT administration also restricted the opening time for shops selling essentials and daily use items, including vegetables and milk, to a few hours in the morning and evening in different districts.
They also warned of stern penal action against those found misusing movement passes.
The Maintenance of essential services is important but at the same time, the movement also need to be curtailed. Therefore, in view of the above, it is hereby ordered that all such persons should remain stationed at their respective places of posting. Movement passes shall be valid only for movement from residence or place of stay to the work place and back.
No intercity or inter-tehsil movement shall be allowed on daily basis even for people providing essential services,” an order issued by Poonch District Magistrate Rahul Yadav said, warning that strict action would be taken against anyone leaving their place of posting or station and found misusing these movement passes.
To ensure that people visiting groceries shops to buy essential commodities stay at a safe distance from each other to observe the social distancing norm, the policemen have come up with the innovative idea of marking waiting spots for the customers in front of shops.
They have also advised people to follow social distancing when step out to buy essential commodities.
A police official said nearly 100 FIRs were registered against those who were found violating district magistrates’ orders in various districts, including Jammu, where nearly three dozen FIRs have been lodged, 27 shops sealed and 124 vehicles were seized, officials said.
Likewise, the official said over 70 cases were registered in Samba, Poonch, Doda, Rajouri and Kathua districts over the past couple of days against people breaching prohibitory orders. (PTI)