Over Rs 7 lakh realized as fine from lockdown violators: Police

Srinagar: As the markets reopened partially again on Thursday, the Jammu and Kashmir police claimed to have arrested 175 persons across the Valley in the last 24 hours for violating the lockdown norms as well as Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Notably, the government eased the lockdown restrictions and allowed many shops to resume their businesses across Srinagar and other districts of the Valley after a month-long lockdown.

All the markets, shops and other business units remained open today while the public transport with 50 per cent seating capacity were functioning normally.

However, a spokesman said that during the last 24 hours, police have arrested 175 persons, lodged 90 FIRs and also realized fine to the tune of Rs 7,22,160 from 6034 people throughout the Kashmir valley for violating the various guidelines, rules and SOPs regarding Covid-19.

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 the government to curb COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, police appealed to people to cooperate in containing the spread of Coronavirus by following the SOPs, guidelines and protocols for their own safety and for the safety of others.

“The special drive shall continue throughout the districts of Kashmir Valley to strengthen the safety measures,” the statement said.

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