Punjab Police refuse entry to J&K residents having passes: Report

Srinagar

Amid lockdown, the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have to enter Punjab for emergency purposes through the Lakhanpur-Madhopur gateway, have to face inconvenience as the Punjab Police do not entertain the movement passes issued by the J&K authorities, reported The Tribune.

The worst sufferers are the patients who have to visit Punjab or other states for medical checkup or treatment.

At Madhopur, which is the gateway to Punjab from Jammu and Kashmir, the Punjab Police are not allowing entry even to the patients who have the movement passes.

Even people carrying the movement passes issued by the Deputy Commissioner of Kathua, which shares its boundary with Punjab, and the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, are being denied entry into Punjab.

“I have been assigned the work of constructing the sanitising tunnels. The Divisional Commissioner’s office in Jammu had issued me a movement pass to purchase raw material from Punjab but the policemen deployed at Madhopur did not allow me to enter Punjab. The police officials claimed that they could not allow me as it was the order of the higher-ups not to allow the entry of private vehicles,” Ishant Gupta told The Tribune at the Madhopur checkpost.

Many people said their movement passes were not being entertained by the Punjab policemen at Madhopur checkpoint.

Station House Officer, Sujnapur, Punjab, Navdeep Sharma said as per the directions issued by the Punjab Government, they were not allowing the private vehicles to enter Punjab.

“Only those patients are allowed who are travelling in ambulances. However, in some emergent situations, we allow some patients,” he said.

ADC Atul Gupta said the administration had issued the movement passes for emergency purposes. He said if the Punjab policemen were not entertaining the passes, the matter would be taken up with the Punjab administration, reported The Tribune.

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