Srinagar, Mar 25: Over 130 crore people across India remained indoors on Wednesday, the first day of the three-week lockdown PM Narendra Modi announced a day before as a measure to contain coronavirus, the deadly epidemic that has taken over the whole world.
Kashmir too observed a complete lockdown for the sixth consecutive day, as the authorities here had already announced the shutdown last week.
All districts in Jammu and Kashmir remained sealed with authorities imposing strict curbs under section 144 of CrPc.
Police and paramilitary forces were deployed on roads across J&K to enforce the restrictions imposed by the government.
Strict restriction were put in place across Jammu and Kashmir while many of the people especially businessmen were booked by the authorities for violating the government orders.
In Ganderbal district of central Kashmir, at least 14 persons have been arrested by the police and have also seized two vehicles for defying the restriction orders over COVID-19.
Ganderbal Police have arrested four shopkeepers who were found violating the Government orders issued under section 144 CrPC in two separate actions. “Among them two shopkeepers were arrested by PS Safapora and two were arrested by PS Kangan,” officials said.
Cases under relevant sections of law stands registered at concerned police stations and initiated investigation. Handwara Police in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district have arrested ten persons for defying prohibitory orders and seized two vehicles in separate actions. Cases under relevant sections of law have been registered at concerned police stations and investigation taken up, officials said.
In South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, license of a Fair Price shop in Devsar was suspended after he was found violating the government norms.
In Pulwama district, at least four business units were sealed by the authorities for violating the government orders, officials said, adding that four business units in Lassipora area of the district were found violating the orders and have been booked by the authorities.
Besides Valley, the ten districts of Jammu province also remained under strict curbs.
As per reports, all the districts of Jammu province especially the urban areas, remained under strict curbs today. “Strict restriction on movement of all kinds of vehicles expect those of officials from emergency services were put in place whereas people going for purchase of essential commodities from permitted business establishments were only allowed to move.” the officials said.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir police in its efforts to ensure complete lockdown across the Union Territory for safety of people has registered 218 FIR against norm violators.
The FIRs has been registered for defying the orders of lockdown issued by the government aimed to stop or break down the chain of deadly COVID-19, police said in a statement issued here.
In Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Awantipora, Districts of South Kashmr Police has registered 28 FIRs against persons for violating the orders. In central Kashmir’s Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal Districts police has registered 14 FIRs against such persons. In North Kashmir’s Baramulla, Kupwara, Handwara, Sopore, Bandipora district, 27 FIR has been registered against persons for violating the lockdown orders.
In Jammu Samba Kathua range police has registered 50 FIRs against the persons for violating the orders and In Udhampur Reasi range 13 FIRs has been registered against the lockdown violators. Similarly, 21 FIRs has been registered against the persons for violating the orders in Doda Kishtwar Ramban Range. In Rajouri Poonch Range, Police has registered 65 FIRs against the persons violating lockdown orders–(With inputs from KNO)