Invoking prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Disease Act, District Magistrates of various districts across valley declared 10 villages as Red Zones, banning entry and exit of people from these villages and the people were ordered to stay in their homes to ensure complete lockdown.
Among the 10 villages, which were declared Red Zones, 7 are from Pulwama, two from Shopian in South Kashmir while one village falls in Central district Ganderbal.
In Pulwama district seven villages were declared as Red Zones, namely Khaigam, Sangerwani, Abhama villages of tehsil Rajpora and Gudoora, Chandgam, Pinglena and Parigam of tehsil, while adjoining villages of these tehsils were declared buffer zones, for the of safety and well being of general public.
According to an order issued by the District Magistrate, a person hailing from Pulwama District, who attended a religious congregation at Gudura has tested positive for COVID-19, has moved to various villages including his native village Khaigam.
The order further reads that there would be no vehicular movement on the Pulwama-Chakoora , Newa – Parigam and Pulwama – Keller road.
Similarly two villages Sedow and Ramngari were declared as Red Zones in South District Shopian by the District Magistrate on Monday. DC Shopian issued an order on Monday, according to which Ramnagri and Sedow, fall in red zone category while adjoining villages of these tehsils have been declared buffer zones, for the of safety and well being of the general public.
The order further reads that there would be no vehicular movement on these roads.
Another village in Waskura area in Ganderbal district was also put under Red Alert by the district administration on Monday.
According to reports some people of Waskura area in Central Kashmir's Ganderbal district have come in contact with a positive case of COVID-19.
So, administration of Ganderbal district has declared the Waskura and its adjoining areas viz, Ahan, Batwina and Kharbagh as Red Zones.
It was further reported that, no one will be allowed to move in or out of the said villages.
Authorities said that it had become imperative to declare these villages as Red Zones, to prevent the spread of coronavirus to other areas after people from these villages tested positive, who had reportedly come into contact with many people, before testing positive.
“We cannot take any risk, so it is better to put these villages on Red Alert,” said an official.
The officials said, “the areas have become more vulnerable as far as further transmission of the COVID-19 virus is concerned. It is necessary to break further transmission of the disease in these areas and it becomes imperative to take stringent precautionary measures like declaring concerned villages as red zones and other villages as a buffer zone”.
The officials of concerned districts were directed to ensure supply of essential commodities as per laid down protocols in the villages covering both local residents and outside laborers and warned of stern action against anyone who tries to violate orders. CNS