Over 1,000 residents of J&K working in different states across the country reached by foot at Lakhanpur on Sunday amid complete lockdown in the country. Earlier, a similar number of people had reached the checkpoint seeking entry into J&K.
“They hide themselves on seeing the police checkpoints, and take different routes to reach Lakhanpur,” Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, OP Bhagat told Greater Kashmir.
Bhagat said only today they have received 1,000 people at Lakhanpur, and a “similar number of people is still standing at the entry point”.
“We are expecting 300-400 more people may approach at Lakhanpur,” said Bhagat adding that they will have to quarantine all of them and anyone who wants to enter into Jammu and Kashmir for a defined period.
The DC Kathua said: “As many as 2160 people have been quarantined in 55 centers across the district. We may establish more centers.”
He said that they have been working round the clock with 2000 officers. “You may be surprised that we have not taken sleep at home. We take nap in the office and resume work. We have to break the chain so that the coronavirus could not spread in society and people are also helping the administration in Kathua,” he said.
He said that volunteers and public in Kathua are cooperating with the administration in spreading awareness. “It is 6th day, and only eight days are left. Stay in the centers,” he appealed to the quarantined people.
As many as 2224 people have been quarantined in 41 centers in Samba district, and majority of them, are those who entered Jammu and Kashmir via Lakhanpur. Most of these people are from Kashmir division.
In a locality of Tali Basti, an area of Bari Brahmana, Samba district, 561 people have been home quarantined by the health authorities after the civil administration came to know about the stay of a religious preacher there, who was later tested positive in Srinagar, said an official.
Meanwhile, District Magistrate Udhampur Dr Piyush Singla has appealed to the people of Udhampur not to panic. “Situation is being closely monitored. Positive contacts being traced. Eight different teams on job. Only way you will can help us is by staying inside your homes. Stay calm and pray,” Singla said. The appeal was made after three cases surfaced from Jammu, yesterday.
District Magistrate, Doda, Dr Sagar D Doifode ordered Assistant Commandant, SSB, Khellani (Doda) “to ensure that the necessary entry point to the district is sealed and no unauthorized person is allowed to move from Doda-Batote-road in or outside Doda except one having the movement passes issued by his office.”
“Complete lockdown in Ramban tomorrow. No shops to open. All passes issued invalidated. Public urged to stay home. Do not leave home till further instructions,” Deputy Commissioner, Ramban tweeted last night.
Meanwhile, Jammu district and its adjoining areas were sealed by the paramilitary personnel with barbed wire to restrict the movement of people on the roads.