232 FIRs registered, 111 held for curfew violation in Punjab

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Amritsar: The police keeps a vigil during lockdown after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced a full curfew in the state with no exemption even in daily needs and medical stores, in Amritsar on March 23, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

Chandigarh:  On the first day of imposition of curfew to battle with coronavirus pandemic, Punjab Police on Tuesday said 232 FIRs were registered and 111 arrested for violating the curfew.

While the maximum of 38 FIRs were registered in Mohali district, 34 in Amritsar (rural) and 30 each in Tarn Taran and Sangrur districts, said the Director General of Police (DGP).

He said the maximum number of 43 people were arrested from Tarn Taran district.

Two cases of violation of quarantine restrictions were also reported, said DGP Dinkar Gupta, adding these were from Sri Muktsar Sahib district, which also reported four cases of curfew violation.

The DGP advised the district police chiefs to allow the smooth movement of trucks across inter-state borders to carry food items into Punjab so that there was no scarcity of essential commodities.

He also spoke to the Chief Secretary and the DGP of Jammu and Kashmir to facilitate the entry into Jammu of hundreds of goods trucks stranded at the Madhopur barrier in Pathankot town.

He also took up the cause of Kashmiri students, who were also stuck in Madhopur because of the decision of their government to put all persons entering Jammu and Kashmir into quarantine.

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