By: Mubashir Aalam Wani
Srinagar: Over 230 people have been arrested in the Valley after they were found violating the lockdown norms amid the ongoing Corona Curfew, which remained in place for the 20th straight day in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.
The lockdown remained in place from April 29 in order to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading. The government extended the Corona Curfew across 20 districts of J&K till May 24, 2021.
Eye-witnesses informed that police and paramilitary troops were deployed although in large numbers to enforce the lockdown restrictions. The barricades and concertina wires were erected at many places and bridges to thwart the public movement, they said.
Meanwhile, all the shops and business establishments barring emergency services remained closed throughout the day in Srinagar and other districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
However, some places witnessed public movement throughout the day.
Meanwhile, police in a statement said that during the last 24 hours, it has arrested 232 persons, lodged 98 FIRs and also realized fine to the tune of Rs 1,49,280 from 1041 people for violating the guidelines and rules throughout Kashmir valley.
“Besides, 111 vehicles were also seized in Shopian, Kulgam, Budgam and Bandipora for violating guidelines and restrictions,” police said, adding that the special drive against the violators of Covid-19 guidelines and rules continued throughout all the districts of Kashmir Valley to ensure that people adhere to SOPs and guidelines envisaged by government to curb COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, police urged people to cooperate in containing the spread of Coronavirus by following the SOPs, guidelines and protocols for the safety of the people. “The special drive shall continue throughout the districts of Kashmir Valley to strengthen the safety measures,” police said. (KNO)