COVID-19: 3 more Bandipora villages declared red zones

Bandipora Administration on Wednesday declared three villages in the district as ‘Red-Zones’ and their surrounding localities as ‘Buffer Zones’, after more persons tested positive to COVID-19 virus in these villages.

Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Dr Owais Ahmed issued the orders declaring three villages including Lahipora Aloosa, Shokhbaba and Main Chowk Chittibanday, Gori Mohalla and Chopan Mohalla of Chittbanday Tehsil as Red Zones.

The villages including Aloosa, Ashtangoo, Malangam, Binlipora Kema, Arin, Sumlar, TA Shah, Brar and Aragam have been declared as respective buffer zones and restrictions have been imposed in these areas to restrict the movement of the people.

The DC said that it has become imperative to initiate restrictive measures under section 144 CrPC for immediate prevention of danger to human life, health and safety.

According to the directions passed by the district administration, there shall be no movement of any individual for any reason whatsoever permitted in and out of these villages however for any medical emergency, individuals can contact on round the clock Control Room on 01957-225024 or 01957-225323,” .

Saif-ud-Din, Naib Tehsildar Ashtangoo shall be the Duty Magistrate for Lahipora Red Zone while Bashir Ahmad Mir, Lecturer shall be the Duty Magistrate for Shokbaba Village and Ali Mohammad Lone, Naib Tehsiildar for Chittebanday village

Assistant Commissioner Development (ACD) Bandipora has been directed to ensure fumigation of the entire villages as per the SOP.

The DC Bandipora also directed the law enforcing agencies to implement the prohibitory orders in letter and spirit to save human lives and warned of strict action against the violators of the order under section 188 IPC and other relevant provisions of Epidemic Disease Act 1897 and the Disaster Management Act 2005.

He also directed the Chief Medical Officer to get the process of contact tracing done as per norms and 100 percent screening of the 300 meters perimeter and added that the sampling of contacts, service providers, co-morbids and other vulnerable and their quarantine shall be ensured as per SOP.