Curfew-like restrictions in Kashmir as part of Janata curfew
Strict curfew-like restrictions on the movement and assembly of people were imposed across all districts of the Kashmir valley on Sunday morning, officials said.
They said the deployment of security forces was strengthened and more barricades, including concertina wire, were put up at several places across the valley, including in the city here, to enforce the restrictions.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar had said on Saturday that extra security forces will be deployed across the valley to ensure that strict restrictions are imposed.
“It may be Janata curfew by name, but the history of Kashmir is such that whatever the situation is, the restrictions cannot be imposed without the police or security forces enforcing them,” he told reporters at a press conference.
At several places across the valley on Saturday night, the police used vehicles fitted with public address systems to announce the restrictions on Sunday and appealed the people to stay indoors.
The police also appealed the people on Twitter to observe the curfew.
On Sunday morning also, police vehicles were used to announce strict restrictions, the officials said.
Markets across the valley were shut and public transport was off the roads, they said.
Train services also remained suspended, they added.
Educational institutions across Kashmir have already been closed, while all public places including gymnasiums, parks, clubs and restaurants have been shut down.
Restrictions were first imposed in many parts of the valley on Thursday to contain the spread of the virus.
The measures were taken after a 67-year-old woman from Khanyar area of the city, who had returned on 16 March from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah, tested positive for COVID-19 infection.
So far, the valley has registered only a single positive case of the infection.