Amid lockdown, factory with 100 labourers operating in Kulgam

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SRINAGAR — Amid lockdown and looming crisis over the outbreak of COVID-19, a plywood factory, where over 100 non-local labourers are working, is functioning normally in Qazigund area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Well placed sources said that at Nipora Vessue area of Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu Highway which falls under the jurisdiction of Revenue District Anantnag, a plywood factory in the name of M/S MAK Plywood Industries is functioning normally.

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Sources added that over 100 non-local labourers are currently working in this factory and all are present there. The factory is owned by Mukhtar Ahmed Kunroo of Naibasti area of Anantnag.

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“The functioning of this factory is in sheer violation of restrictions imposed by the Government under Disaster Management Act,” said a local, adding that police have not taken cognizance of this grave matter yet.

Pertinently, south Kashmir’s Kulgam district witnessed first COVID-19 case yesterday while authorities have declared Naik Mohalla as red zone.

The adjacent district of Shopian has 13 positive COVID-19 cases where two more villages including Heerpora and Kanipora have been declared as red zones. Yesterday, six positive cases were reported from the district.

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