Kupwara: Taking serious note of a large crowd brazenly violating the social distancing norms at Jammu and Kashmir Bank’s Villgam branch in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday, district authorities today ordered closure of the bank branch.
Curtain Raiser had published a report yesterday showing pictures in which people were seen brazenly violating social distancing in a desperate attempt to collect cash at the branch.
Some locals hailed the authorities’ move.
“The locals were involved in a mad race to collect cash. This was posing serious threat to the health of people and bank officials,” said Mohammad Ramzan, a Villgam resident
“Kupwara DC acted promptly and ordered closure of branch for now. It is a good step, indeed, in the larger interests of people,” he added.
A bank official at the branch said that DC has asked them to keep the branch closed till further orders.
“We even tried our best to attend customers area-wise. But they still created large gatherings making extremely difficult for police and bank management to regulate the rush,” he added.