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Police cracks whip on ‘COVID curfew’ violators; 5,000 fined, 869 arrested in Kashmir

Srinagar: Ignoring appeals by ulmas and religious scholars to adhere to COVID curfew imposed to break the chain, people are still hitting the streets in Kashmir valley, where 5000 violators were fined, 869 other arrested and hundreds of vehicles seized during the past over one week.

J&K witnessed another grim day on Monday with 73 people, including 54 from Jammu and 19 from Kashmir, losing their lives to Coronavirus, the highest-ever daily fatalities since the outbreak in the Union Territory. As many as 3,344 new positive cases were also reported in the Union Territory, which has witnessed an acute shortage of COVID vaccine, particularly in Kashmir, during the last over 10 days.

Majority of the people remained confined to their homes as strict restrictions continued for the 20th successive day on Tuesday following extension of ‘COVID curfew’ till May 24 to curtail the spread of the virus in the valley. But, traffic jams were witnessed in some areas in uptown Srinagar, including near Jahangir Chowk, where security forces were allowing only people associated with essential services to move ahead on Monday.

An official said that an amount of Rs 8.24 lakh was collected as fine from 5026 people while 869 others were arrested between May 10 and May 17 for violating COVID curfew and other guidelines imposed by the administration to curtail the spread of the virus.
He said around 479 FIRs were also filed against COVID curfew violators, while 129 vehicles were seized during the last week.

Giving details, he said police has arrested 169 persons, lodged 79 FIRs and also realized fine to the tune of Rs 110,660 from 789 people for violating the guidelines/rules throughout Kashmir valley on Monday.

He said police arrested 19 persons, lodged 10 FIRs and also realized fine to the tune of Rs 144,270 from 907 people for violating the guidelines/rules throughout Kashmir valley on May 16.

He said police on May 15 arrested 137 persons, lodged 70 FIRs and also realized fine to the tune of Rs 128,480 from 874 people. Besides, he said 133 motorcycles and six vehicles were also seized in Kashmir for violating guidelines/restrictions.

On May 14, he said 121 persons were arrested, while 74 FIRs lodged, adding fine to the tune of Rs 56,210 was collected from 407 people for violating the guidelines/rules throughout Kashmir valley.

He said Police arrested 92 persons, lodged 41 FIRs and also realized fine to the tune of Rs 76,090 from 460 people on May 13. “Police arrested 145 persons, lodged 92 FIRs and also realized fine to the tune of Rs 1,09,200 from 678 people for violating the guidelines/rules throughout Kashmir valley,” he said.

Besides, he said on the same day 15 vehicles were also seized in Budgam and Kulgam for violating guidelines/restrictions and indulging in illegal extraction and transportation of minerals. “Four shopkeepers were also booked by police in Ganderbal and Handwara for violating Covid-19 norms,” he added.

He said police arrested 156 persons, lodged 86 FIRs and also realized fine to the tune of Rs 104,350 from 672 people for violating the guidelines/rules in Kashmir valley on May 11. “Besides, 44 vehicles were also seized in Budgam, Ganderbal and Shopian for violating guidelines/restrictions,” he said.

Similarly, he said police arrested 30 persons, lodged 22 FIRs and also realized fine to the tune of Rs 95,600 from 699 people for violating the guidelines on May 10. Besides, he said 64 vehicles were also seized in Budgam, Baramulla and Shopian for violating guidelines/restrictions and indulging in illegal extraction and transportation of minerals.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday extended the ‘COVID curfew’ by another week till May 24 in all 20 districts in the Union Territory though essential services were exempted from the lockdown.

This was the fourth successive extension of COVID curfew in the valley since April 29. The development came in the backdrop of unabated rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in J&K, particularly the summer capital, Srinagar, which has recorded the major chunk of positive cases during the last over a month.

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