Two more villages in Bandipora district were declared as red zones and their surrounding villages as buffer zones to prevent the spread of coronavirus after two persons from these villages were declared COVID positive in the past two days. The villages include Gund-Jehangeer and Naidkhai.
Earlier this week, six villages including Konan, GundQaiser, Gund-Dachina, Hakbara, Madwan and Pethkote were declared red zones in the district.
On Tuesday evening District Magistrate Bandipora, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza issued an order stating that it has become imperative to initiate restrictive measures under section 144 CrPC for immediate prevention of danger to human life, health and safety in view of two positive cases reported from these two villages.
According to the directions passed by the District Magistrate, there shall be no movement of any individual for any reason whatsoever permitted into and out of these villages. “However for any medical emergency, individuals can contact on 24×7 Control Room on 01957-225024 or 01957-225323,” the order reads.
District Magistrate also directed the law enforcing agencies to implement the prohibitory orders in letter and spirit to save human lives. He warned of strict action against the violators of the order under section 188 IPC and other relevant provisions of Epidemic Disease Act 1897 and the Disaster Management Act 2005.
District Magistrate appealed the general public to cooperate with the administration and ensure strict adherence to the order as the non-compliance shall constitute a criminal offence and attract strict actions.
He said the district administration has put in place a mechanism to ensure uninterrupted supplies and deliveries of essential services to the general public of the district. He said essential commodities will be home-delivered to residents as part of this mechanism.