Lockdown: FIR registered against Kashmir’s top businessman

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SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Kashmir Valley’s top businessman Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya for defying prohibitory orders imposed by the government to prevent spread of deadly coronavirus.

Highly placed sources said that J&K police has registered FIR against Chaya for defying restrictions imposed in Bathindi which has been declared as red zone by the authorities.

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“An FIR number 109 has been registered under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of Epidemics Disease Act against Chaya for defying restrictions,” the sources disclosed, adding that Chaya managed to reach his Zakura residence after violating the prohibitory orders.

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According to sources, after the matter came into knowledge of Jammu Police, they alerted higher-ups in J&K Police as well as civil administration and police in Kashmir.

Sources disclosed that police and government are flummoxed over how he managed to reach Srinagar despite lockdown being imposed in J&K as part of the nationwide shutdown announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to control spread of the COVID-19.

“As intimated by Station House Officer, Police Station Trikuta Nagar vide his signal dated 17.04.2020 that one person namely Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya who was staying at Farooq Abdullah enclave Bathindi Jammu has deliberately left for Srinagar along with other persons from red zone Srinagar,” reads a document.

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The Jammu Police has requested authorities in Kashmir Valley to send a team of medical doctors to his residence for immediate screening.

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