Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday claimed to have arrested fourteen persons in south Kashmir’s Awantipora for defying the prohibitory orders issued by the government to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

A police spokesman in a statement said, “In order to control the spread of Covid 19, Awantipora Police today arrested fourteen persons who were offering Zuhr prayers in Gade Mohalla Masjid Awantipora despite clear orders of District Magistrate Pulwama as well as various announcements made by Awantipora Police for offering prayers at home only.”

“Today during patrolling police found 14 persons have assembled at Gade Mohalla Masjid for prayers. No sooner they came out of masjid sharif they were arrested and taken to Police Station for legal action,” said the spokesman.

Case FIR number 38/2020 under section 188,270 IPC stands registered at Police Station Awantipora, he said.

People of Police District Awantipora are requested to follow various Government advisories to control the spread of Covid 19 . People are also requested to stay at their respective homes and offer prayers at their homes, said the spokesman in a statement.


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