789 people fined, 169 arrested for violating COVID curfew in Kashmir

Srinagar, May 17 (UNI) As many as 789 people were fined while 169 others were arrested during the last 24 hours in Kashmir valley for violating COVID curfew and other guidelines imposed by the administration to curtail the spread of the virus.

A J&K police spokesperson on Monday said that since the outbreak of second wave of Coronavirus, police have enhanced its efforts to sensitise the masses about controlling the highly contagious infection. ”Slew of measures, including restrictions under section 144 CrPC, have been put into place to contain the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

He said in view of the record surge in daily cases across the Kashmir Valley, Police also enhanced the efforts to implement the Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions strictly throughout the valley. ”During the last 24 hours, Police have 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,” he said.

He said the special drive against the violators of Covid-19 guidelines/rules continued in all the districts of Kashmir to ensure that people adhere to SOPs/ guidelines envisaged by government to curb COVID-19 pandemic.

”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,” he added.

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