In view of the prevailing health situation in the wake of COVID19 outbreak, district magistrate, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary on Tuesday issued an order prohibiting all sorts of religious congregations and public movement on the occasion of Shab-e-Baraat in the district.
The order issued under section 144 of CrPC states that the decision to prohibit religious gatherings during the occasion has been taken based on recommendations of authorities concerned and reports from the field besides taking into account the current precarious health situation due to COVID19 pandemic..
It states the restrictions will remain enforced through the intervening night of April 8 and 9, adding that violations will attract strict action under section 188 of the IPC and section 51 of the Disaster Management Act.
The district magistrate said that prohibitions on religious and other gatherings has become indispensable in view of the threat from coronavirus infection, adding these among other measures put in place in the district were aimed at containing the spread.
Restrictions on gatherings and public movement were enforced in the district on March 20, as part of the measures to contain spread of COVID19 after the first positive case was reported from the district.