337 FIRs registered, 627 arrested for violating lockdown in jk

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Director General of Jammu and Kashmir police Dilbag Singh said 337 FIRs have been registered and 627 persons arrested for violating prohibitory orders in the Union Territory amid the coronavirus outbreak.

He said 118 shops and 490 vehicles were seized for defying the government orders.

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The Jammu and Kashmir administration has ordered a shutdown of all establishments, except those providing essential services and commodities, on March 22 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The disease has so far claimed two lives in the Union Territory. “A total of 337 FIRs were lodged against the violators (of the lockdown) in which 627 persons have been arrested (till Saturday evening). Most of the arrested were later released after sensitising them about the threat,the police chief said in a statement.