48-hour lockdown ends, life limping back to normal in Ganderbal


Srinagar, Aug 24:  After 48-hour fresh lockdown to prevent further spread of corona virus ended last night, life is limping back to normal on Monday central Kashmir district of Ganderbal, where 33 positive cases were reported on Sunday, one case less than Saturday when it was 34.

Interestingly when imposition of fresh lockdown was imposed for 48 hours from Saturday, the number of positive cases was just 16 in the district on August 21(Friday).

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ganderbal Khalil Poswal had on August 21 evening said that in view of rapid spread of COVID-19 fresh restriction had been imposed in Ganderbal district for 48 hours from Saturday morning during which no gathering shall be allowed and the business establishments shall remained closed. He sought cooperation from the residents of Ganderbal and expressed hope that they will abide by Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for their safety.

Similar three day restrictions were imposed from August 17 to 19 in the Ganderbal district, where Lt Governor Manoj Sinha visited on August 18 and discussed development projects and other administrative matters with senior officers during the day-long meeting.

The District Magistrate (DM) Ganderbal in a communication said that restrictions under Section 144 CrPC will remain imposed in the district to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

However, people of Ganderbal questioning the fresh locdown said there was no justification for imposition of fresh restrictions, badly hitting the daily earners, shopkeepers and transporters who have already suffered huge losses.

Security forces had removed majority road blocks and barricades in the district this morning. However, security force and police personnel remained deployed to prevent any law and order problem.

Shops and business establishments reopened  and traffic was plying in the district as per guidelines issued by the administration.  Traffic on Srinagar-Leh national highway was plying though drivers were being questioned and their documents properly checked before allowing them to move ahead.

However, people expressed surprise over the imposition of fresh lock down when only 16 positive cases were reported on August 21 when nearby Srinagar district recorded 225 positive cases. From August 16 to 23, Ganderbal district recorded 278 cases, highest of 61 cases on August 19.


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