Srinagar: Most of Jammu Kashmir policemen have not visited home for over a month amid Covid-19 pandemic but they continue to stay mentally tough and alert to enforce lockdown, a senior police official said.
Deployed in major towns across Kashmir, policemen are frequently counselled to implement the lockdown effectively without falling prey to stress, a senior police official said.
“The boys are told about do’s and dont’s frequently. They are counselled how to handle the situation effectively and at same time stay away with stress,”
They are being briefed about importance of lockdown to contain the disease and save people.
“We counsel them at least four times in a day,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar, Dr Haseeb Mughal was quoted by Kashmir News Observer, as having said.
Mughul said that the policemen deployed on ground were high on morale despite being away from their families for more than five weeks.
“We are making day deployments, night deployments and mobile deployments in mobile bunkers. Also SDPOs and other officers use public address system asking people to stay home. Those found violating lockdown are being dealt under the law,” the SSP added.
According to him, 130 FIRs have been registered in Srinagar district against the violators of lockdown.
“Atleast 250 people have been arrested so far. We also provide survival kits (ration, edibles and grocery items) to the needy people and so far 400 families have been reached out and the process is on.” he said.
The officer said that police even guards quarantine centres, and was actively involved in contact tracing. “In Srinagar, every medical team is accompanied by a police team to ensure timely screening of suspects,” SSP said, adding that majority of people have so far cooperated with police.
He said it that there has been no complaint against the police so far.
“Barring a Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) employee alleging he was beaten, there is no complaint against police in Srinagar,” SSP said.
“We have strictly directed boys to persuade those violating lockdown amicably but there are some fringe elements, who don’t understand forcing police to against them as per the law.”
To a question, SSP said.
“I say hello to my children from a distance. I don’t get closer to my family members and even prefer to stay in a separate room. That is for safety, of course” he added.