1200 persons with travel history, contact identified; 300 cops under quarantine: DGP
To ensure the lockdown 329 FIRs were lodged against the violators and 600 vehicles/shops were seized for non-compliance of the orders by the authorities
Jammu, Mar 27: Director General of Police J&K Dilbag Singh Friday
said that people have to understand the magnitude of the situation and
cooperate with dealing agencies to fight the deadly COVID-19.
The DGP said that police along with Civil administration has
started to find out all those persons who are hiding their travel history at a
large scale and added that till now 1200 such persons were identified from
different places who either have international travel history or have come in
contact with such persons.
“General public must understand the purpose of lockdown,” the
He said that about 300 police personnel batch who were outside
the Union Territory for training purpose have been put under quarantine.
“No one is being spared as this is the only preventive measure
in our hands to check each and every one. People must understand that one infected person can be harmful for the whole community,” he said.
The DGP said that the impact of COVID-19 is not seen only in
Jammu and Kashmir but across the world.
He said that the day when PM Narendra Modi appealed for Janta
Curfew, Jammu and Kashmir Police along with civil administration, Health
department and all other essential organisations started taking measures to contain the spread of this deadly
He said besides the lockdown, Jammu and Kashmir police
immediately launched awareness drive to aware people about the dangers of this
virus as people largely were not aware about the dangers of it and added that
people have to co-operate in breaking the chain of this deadly virus.
He said that in the initial stage of the lockdown there were
some people who were not aware about the virus but as the time is passing
people get educated and are cooperative. He said that at times police has to be
harsh but that is for betterment of the community.
The DGP said that thousands of J&K Police personnel along
with other security forces are on ground to make sure that the orders issued
from time to time by the Governments are being adhered to by the general
He said to ensure the lockdown 329 FIRs were lodged against the
violators and 600 vehicles/shops were seized for non-compliance of the orders
by the authorities and added that some persons
arrested by the police were later on released after detailed briefing
about the threat posed by the virus.
He said that to create awareness about coronavirus on large
scale short audio clips in Urdu, Kashmiri and Dogri languages were posted on
social media sites, loud speakers were used at Police station and Police post
levels to make the people aware even in the remote areas of the villages about
the preventive measures and to make them understand that staying at home is the
best remedy to tackle this disease. He said that the messages of social,
political and religious leaders were also used to promote the preventive
measures and social distancing.
Referring to the death of a man caused by COVID-19 in Srinagar,
the DGP said that people have to understand the magnitude of the problem and
follow the protocol strictly.
He said that help lines at different levels have been
established by the police department and we are encouraging people to come
forward in helping us to identify those doubtful persons who have any type of
suspicious travel history. He said that about 200 to 400 anonymous calls were received
by these help lines which helped Police and civil administrations.
He said that people don’t have to panic as our thousands of
officers and officials are on ground and every possible assistance and help
will be provided as and when required. He said besides fighting the deadly
virus all the necessary security arrangements are also in place across Jammu
Meanwhile, J&K Police Friday lodged 30 FIRs across the Union
In Kashmir zone 26 FIRs were registered against the violators including
four each in Srinagar, Shopian and Handwara, three each in Pulwama and
Baramulla, two each in Awantipora and Bandipora, one each in Ganderbal,
Kupwara, Sopore and Kulgam. Similarly in Jammu zone four FIRs one each in
Samba, Udhampur, Reasi and Poonch have been registered against the violators.
Meanwhile to encourage voluntary disclosure of people with
travel history Police in Nagrota, Jammu ropes in Panchayat Raj Institutions
& volunteers to have door to door appeal to trace out such people. So far
32 such people have been traced.