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Bandipora, March 23: District Magistrate Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza Monday stressed on strict implementation of restrictions that has been imposed in the district as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of Corona virus infection.

        The District Magistrate inspected several localities of Bandipora district to inspect the implementation of restrictions put in place. Enroute the Deputy Commissioner urged people to stay indoors for their own safety and for their loved ones and directed Police and other law enforcing agencies to implement restrictions in letter and spirit and don’t allow people to assemble.

        He appealed the general public to cooperate with the administration and ensure strict adherence to the restriction orders and said the violation of restriction orders shall be treated as a criminal act and violators shall be prosecuted.

Mirza said that adequate arrangements have been put in place to ensure that people don’t face any problem with regard to the supply of essential commodities. He said the administration has already designated officers to coordinate on ground with field officers to ensure hassle free distribution of ration to the people without violating restriction orders.

        Earlier in an order issued late Sunday, District Magistrate Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza ordered closure of all business establishments and movement of public transport and also bans movement, assembly, gathering or procession of more than 03 persons including in towns and villages.

According to the order no public / private transport shall ply in the District till 31th of March, 2020. “However, the transport meant for essential supplies and vehicles of employees of essential services and those involved in the measures to contain the virus shall be allowed on showing their identity cards and certificates/posses issued by the District administration.

The District Magistrate had also directed complete shutdown of all private and public business establishments except dealing with essential services/ commodities as notified in the Government order No: 60-FCS&CA of 2020, dated: 22.03.2020.