STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The Director General of Police J&K, Dilbag Singh reiterated his appeal to people of Jammu and Kashmir to follow the health protocols to help in fighting coronavirus. The fight against COVID-19 is not restricted to one organisation or a community but it’s time to fight against the deadly disease together, he said, and added that cooperation provided by people of Jammu and Kashmir, is highly encouraging. DGP said the outreach programmes conducted by JK Police at the grass root level helped in controlling social/religious gatherings. The DGP appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to come forward in disclosing their travel history or if they are in contact with such persons. He said that there is no harm in disclosing travel details rather it is for safety and security of individuals, their families/ relatives and for communities. The DGP said that on Friday, people of J&K understood the need of staying at home and offered prayers from home except a few incidents where people came out. He said that most people are cooperating in fighting this threat which has posed a threat to whole world, and have preferred to remain indoors. He said that people should not be afraid but it is the time to be cautious. He said that quarantine centres are ready in every district and added that individuals need to come forward in helping to break the chain. He said the number of positive cases is increasing each passing day but can be reduced to if we fight it together. DGP said the J&K Police is providing all possible assistance to the health department, to civil administration in managing the quarantine centres. He said the police are very strict against violators of lockdown. He said that 118 shops and 490 vehicles have been seized for defying government orders. He said that 337 FIRs have been lodged against violators and 627 persons have been arrested. Most of arrested were later on released after sensitising them about the threat, he added. The DGP said that all those coming from outside J&K are being quarantined. He said that Dial 100 of J&K Police in every district and Union Territory’s Dial 112 are active to help all those who want any type of assistance. He said that hundreds of people are giving details of those persons who are hiding their travel history. So far, more than 1,200 people have been traced with the cooperation of general public, he added. He said for the Police personnel, training centres at different locations in J&K have been activated as quarantine centres. He said Police Hospitals at Srinagar and Jammu have opened many helplines. He said all officers/security agencies including J&K Police have been strictly instructed to follow health protocol and to prepare quarantine centres at unit levels. He said that police is also using its resources to help all those migrant labourers, who have no work these days by providing them ration or by arranging the same with help of locals.
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