STATE TIMES NEWS Jammu/SRINAGAR: The police on Friday booked several persons, including the Imam of a mosque in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district for violation of the lockdown orders amid the coronavirus outbreak, officials said. An FIR was registered against Molvi Mohammad Zafar, Imam of Jama Masjid (Nowabad) and others for violating orders, banning religious gatherings, imposed by the district magistrate in connection with coronavirus outbreak, officials said. In another incident, a case was registered against a shopkeeper – Ramesh Kumar – who had kept his shop open at Nai Basti in Reasi in violation of the orders, they added. Meanwhile, on the directions of District Magistrate (DM) Bandipora, the police booked six persons during the day for violating restriction orders. An FIR No 10/2020 under Section 188 IPC have been registered at Police Station Hajin against six persons for violating restriction orders. All the accused were arrested by the Hajin Police while patrolling the area. Earlier, an open FIR was registered at Police Station Pethkoot against people who assembled near ATM in violation of Section 144. Appealing people to stay indoors for their own safety, DM said that the chain of the pandemic can be broken only by staying indoors. DC Bandipora asked people to cooperate with the administration and ensure strict adherence to the restriction orders. He said violation of the order would constitute criminal offence and attract strict action under Section 188 of IPC.
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