COVID: Record fine of Rs 11 lakh recovered from norm violators in Kashmir

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Major shrines, Masjids remain closed for Friday prayers

Srinagar, Jun 11 : The major shrines and Masjids across Jammu and Kashmir continued to remain closed for mandatory Friday prayers in wake of the deadly Covid pandemic while police claimed to have arrested 27 persons for violating the norms set by the government while as Rs 11 lakh were recovered from over 6700 SoP violators.

Witnesses told the news agency that all the major shrines and Masjids including Hazratbal shrine, Khanqah shrine and historic Jamia Masjid in the Old city area remained closed for the mandatory congregational Friday prayers today.

Some restrictions were put in place today again as the markets, business establishments remained closed after four working days.

Meanwhile, the weekend curfew was imposed again across Jammu and Kashmir on Friday evening while police and paramilitary forces have been deployed on the roads again to enforce the lockdown aimed to prevent the deadly virus from spreading.

Moreover, police said that during the last 24 hours, Police have arrested 27 persons, lodged 20 FIRs and also realized fine to the tune of Rs 11,14,800 from 6729 people throughout the Kashmir valley for violating the various guidelines, rules and SOPs regarding Covid-19.

“Besides, six vehicles were also seized for violating Covid norms in district Bandipora,” police said.

“The special drive against the violators of Covid-19 guidelines and rules continued throughout all the districts of Kashmir Valley to ensure that people adhere to SOPs and guidelines envisaged by the government to curb COVID-19 pandemic.”

Meanwhile, police urged people to cooperate in containing the spread of Coronavirus by following the SOPs, guidelines and protocols for their own safety and for the safety of others. “The special drive shall continue throughout the districts of Kashmir Valley to strengthen the safety measures,” police said

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