Restrictions tightened in Valley

Restrictions on the movement of people were further tightened in Kashmir on Wednesday in a bid to check the spread of Covid19.

Police and paramilitary forces sealed most of the roads and erected barriers to enforce the lockdown announced by PM Narendra Modi.

“We will continue strict restrictions till 15th April which may be extended further as per circumstances,” Inspector General Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar told Greater Kashmir. “Administration has instructed operational staff of essential services to get passes from the concerned DMs, stay around their place of duties and move for service deliverance only.” IGP said police would take action if pass holders were found misusing it. “We have advised them to avoid inter-district movement also,” he said. Around 50 people were arrested in Srinagar, Sopore, Handwara and Anantnag areas for violating the prohibitory orders on Monday, while 45 were arrested in Ganderbal and Kupwara districts on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, government has ordered that all its offices except those providing essential services in J&K shall remain closed till April 14 in the wake of coronavirus spread.