Dozens of shopkeepers booked in Srinagar for violating COVID-19 lockdown

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Srinagar: Since last week, dozens of shopkeepers and people have been booked for violating government’s prohibitary orders to contain the spread of the coronavirus in parts of Kashmir.

Police Station Nowgam, registered four FIR’s vide number 40, 42, 43 and 44/2020 against Ghulam Nabi Bhat, Javaid Ahmed Dar, and Muhammad Afzal Mir, all residents of Lasjan, and Muzaffar Ahmed Mir, a resident of Darbugh Harwan, for violating COVID-19 advisory. The police also seized a Tata-Mobile (JK04D-7911).

Nowgam police also seized a tipper JK01L-2519 and arrested the driver.

Similarly, in Budgam, police booked two residents of Shunglipora — Nazir Ahmed Malik and Shabir Ahmed Malik — for violating prohibitory orders.

Police Station Ram Munshi Bagh detained a shopkeeper identified as Bilal Ahmed Shah of Parimpora near Nehru Park and registered an FIR vide number 47/2020 under section 188, 269 against him.

Similarly, two shopkeepers were arrested by police in Rainawari, Srinagar, for violating government orders.

SSP Srinagar, Dr. Haseeb Mughal said that police alone can’t enforce this lockdown and they can’t stand outside every house. “They are also vulnerable like common people. People have a role to play. Presidents of Mohalla Committees can play a positive role and it is their duty to persuade people to stay indoors,” he said. (KNT)

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