Top Kashmir bizman booked, quarantined for jumping Jammu Red Zone, driving to Sgr

Authorities have blocked roads leading to Red Zones where positive cases have been reported (File Photo: KM/Umar Ganie)

Srinagar: A renowned Kashmiri businessman has been booked for violating the ongoing coronavirus lockdown by jumping a red zone in Jammu and travelling to Srinagar.

Sources told The Kashmir Monitor that the businessman (name withheld) was staying in Bhatindi area, which has been declared a red zone in Jammu division.

On Friday, they added, the businessman 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.

An official in Srinagar confirmed the development.

“Yes he has reached Srinagar and has been advised home quarantine,” the official said.

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.

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