JAMMU AND KASHMIR: Normal life remained affected in many areas in Jammu and Kashmir with the imposition of the lockdown in the wake of an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases, officials said.
Roads across the valley continued to wear a deserted look as public transport remained off the roads and markets were shut.
The officials said in the wake of the lockdown announced by the government, restrictions on the movement and assembly of people continued to remain in force in many districts of the union territory.
While curfew was in place across the Kashmir Valley and in Jammu district, restrictions on the assembly of people were also imposed in many areas of the Jammu Division.
According to the reports, the security forces have sealed several roads by putting barricades at many places in the city as well as in other district headquarters of the valley to prevent the movement of people.
They said only essential and emergency services were allowed.
The restrictions are being implemented strictly and action is being taken against violators, the officials said.
Last week, police had arrested 43 persons, lodged 12 FIRs and also realised fine to the tune of Rs 70,010 from 480 people for violating the guidelines/rules throughout the Kashmir Valley.
On April 29, the Jammu and Kashmir administration imposed a curfew in 11 districts in a bid to tackle a surge in COVID-19 cases, which was subsequently extended to all the 20 districts the next day.
The curfew, which was supposed to end at 7 am on May 3, was extended in the twin capitals of Jammu and Srinagar.