The administration has imposed Section 144 in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
District Magistrate Anantnag imposed the ban on the assembly of four or more people in any public place and it will remain in place till March-end, according to an order.
The order further reads that necessary precautions with regard to prevention and control of NOVEL CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) have already been undertaken by the District Administration in coordination with Police and Health authorities.
“COVID-19 has a pattern of transmission of rapid rate, in case prescribed preventive protocols including avoiding mass gathering etc. are not strictly followed,” reads the order.
“Now, therefore in view of the above-mentioned facts, I, Bashir Ahmad Dar, KAS, District Magistrate Anantnag in the exercise of the powers vested in the under section 144 of Cr.P.C do hereby impose restriction/ban over the assembly/gathering of more than 05 persons at any public place of entire Anantnag District which includes all towns and villages with immediate effect for a period of one month,” reads the order issued by District Magistrate Anantnag.
Any violation of this order by any person shall invite action under IPC, reads the order.