Images From Kashmir’s First Major Covid19 Lockdown

SRINAGAR: Ahead of Eid, Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday imposed a strict ‘corona curfew’, to prevent the gatherings of usual Eid shoppers from thronging to markets.

In order to prevent the escalation of the Covid19 infection, authorities implemented lockdown seriously on May 12, 2021. There are apprehensions that the big shopping crowds may move out and eventually undermine the fragile health sector, post-Eid because f mass Covid19 morbidity. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

Concertina wires and barricades were erected at almost every entry of commercial places across the valley. Srinagar was completely sealed and only the essential supplies were allowed to ply on the roads. Also, the extra deployments of forces was seen in the towns and Srinagar city.

Barring the eagle overseeing the Hari Singh High Street, there is no life visible on May 12, 2021. This was the scene of the lockdown that was strictly implemented by the government to prevent escalation of Covid19 infection ahead of Eid celebrations. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

At many places police swung into action and batons charged the people who had gathered outside the shops. A video on social media trending depicts police chased people somewhere in the uptown area of Srinagar.

Pertinent to mention, a day earlier the administration decided to give some relaxation hours so that people can buy the essential things ahead of Eid. But that order was withdrawn within a day and no relaxation was announced.

Also, Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar toured parts of the city. He issued instructions to enforce the curfew while allowing doctors and paramedical staff.

Jammu and Kashmir is not showing any decrease in cases so far and the fatality rate is going up.


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