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LOCKDOWN VIOLATION: Hotelier, 14 others put in home quarantine

Srinagar: A prominent hotelier, his 11 family members, and three workers including his driver have been home-quarantined in Zakoora area of Srinagar a day after the businessman was booked for violating lockdown orders.

Sources said a medical team was dispatched to the home of businessman Mushtaq Ahmed Chaya and after check-up he along with 11 family members and three employees were asked to go for home quarantine.


Chaya was staying in Jammu’s Bhatindi area, which has been declared a red zone in Jammu division.

On Friday, he along with a few other people left for his residence in Srinagar in a vehicle along with other persons and even managed to reach his home in the summer capital.

As the concerned police station in Jammu came to know about it, they immediately filed an FIR (109/20 U/S 188 IPC 3 of Epidemic Disease Act) against the businessman.

Sources said the police in Jammu also informed their concerned colleagues in Srinagar about the matter.

The police advised that a medical team be sent to the businessman’s home in Srinagar for immediate screening and quarantine.

Interestingly, how the businessman got out of the red zone, how he managed to cross the Jammu region and hit the highway with all the security amid the lockdown in place, how he managed to enter Kashmir, and several other queries related to it remain unanswered.

Sources said that the J&K government have not taken the incident lightly and are planning to inquire how the person managed to breach the lockdown.

To mention, this is the strictest period of lockdown as declared by PM Narendra Modi in his address recently.

All inter-state, and even inter-district travel is barred across India.