Covid-19 Lockdown violations: 730 violators fined, 103 FIRs registered & 118 arrested _Police seeks public cooperation to mitigate spread of virus_

April 30:Since the outbreak of 2nd wave of Coronavirus, J&K Police has enhanced its efforts to sensitise the masses about controlling the highly contagious Coronavirus. Slew of measures including restrictions u/s 144 have been put into place to contain the spread of Covid-19.

In view of the record surge in daily cases across the Kashmir Valley, Police also enhanced the efforts to implement the Covid-19 guidelines/SOPs/restrictions strictly throughout the valley. *During last 24hrs, Police has arrested 118 persons, lodged 103 FIRs and also realized fine to the tune of ₹90,610/- from 730 people for violating the guidelines/rules throughout Kashmir valley. Besides, 04 vehicles were also seized for violating guidelines/restrictions.* The special drive against the violators of Covid-19 guidelines/rules continued throughout all the districts of Kashmir Valley.

Earlier review meetings were also facilitated with the Imams, religious leaders and Auqaf Committees. During meetings it was emphasized upon the participants to reduce the gathering upto maximum possible in the Masajid. The imams were also impressed upon to revisit the SOPs being followed in the Masjid Sharief and ensure that preachers should wear face masks and maintain social distancing strictly and other hygiene related steps to contain Covid -19.The participants were requested to make the general public aware about the consequences of Covid-19 pandemic and motivate them to strictly adhere to the Govt. orders regarding lockdown.

Community members are once again requested to cooperate with the Police in containing the spread of Coronavirus by following the SOPs/guidelines/protocols for the safety of the people. The special drive shall remain continue throughout the districts of Kashmir Valley to strengthen the safety measures.