Lockdown continues for fourth day, shopkeepers booked in central Kashmir

A view of Lal Chowk in Srinagar (File Photo)

Srinagar: Lockdown continued for the fourth day on Tuesday in the central Kashmir district of Ganderbal, where police has registered three FIRs against shopkeepers for violating COVID-19 norms on Tuesday, officials said this afternoon.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads in the district. However, private vehicles were plying on some interior routes. Trucks and other vehicles were also plying on the Srinagar-Leh national highway passing through the district.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ganderbal Khalil Poswal said since the people have been found absolutely non-cooperative, police registered three First Information Report (FIR) against eight shopkeepers for violating COVID-19 lockdown normal in the district, where 18 new cases positive cases were reported on Monday against 44 reported on August 30.
He said there is need to understand such lockdowns are intended for the safety of common people only.
The District Magistrate (DM) Shafkat Iqbal exhorted upon the people not to step out of their homes unless absolutely necessary. However, he said, if you have to move out for unavoidable reasons, ensure that you wear masks and practice of social distancing, personnel hygiene and frequent hand washing.

The administration has imposed fresh lockdown for eight days from August 29 following continuous surge in the number of COVID-19 positive cases. However, private vehicles were plying on some routes in the district. Trucks and other vehicles were also plying on Srinagar-Leh highway.
The district administration has however announced relaxations for medical emergencies and other essential services only during the lockdown period.

The DM gave a slew of directions for adherence to all relevant guidelines and directed for strict compliance of restrictions as ordered.