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Forces cancel Holi celebrations: Soldiers coming back from depart being screened

Srinagar, Mar
9:  From canceling Holi celebrations to
screening soldiers returning from home, security forces in Jammu and Kashmir
have gone into an overdrive to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus among
its ranks.

The top brass of
Army, CRPF, BSF, and Police have directed the field commanders to take all
precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

To start with,
the army and CRPF have canceled Holi gatherings across Jammu and Kashmir. Plus
medical examination of soldiers is being regularly conducted in the camps.

“Our medical
department has passed some directions which need to be followed under such
circumstances. As a precautionary measure, we even avoided public gathering for
Holi celebrations in Jammu and Kashmir,”  
Lieutenant Colonel Abhinav Navneet, defence spokesman at Northern
Command Headquarters, told The Kashmir Monitor.

Lieutenant
Colonel Navneet said the personnel returning from home are being screened
before joining their battalions. “There are routine check-ups for jawans and
all the steps are being taken to keep camps or posts in a very hygienic
condition,” he said.

CRPF too has
stepped up efforts to prevent the spread of infection. Officials said regular
sessions are being held in camps to aware personnel about measures for
combating infection.

“We constantly
counsel our forces to ensure washing their hands and avoiding gatherings. A
medical team is active to keep track of the health of jawans. Personnel
returning from leave are taken to the medical room for various tests and
check-ups,” said spokesperson CRPF Neeraj Rathore.

Rathore said they
have also provided safety gear including face masks and hand sanitizers to the
soldiers. “We are following measures to ensure good health of our jawans,” he
said.

Border Security
Forces and Sashatra Seema Bal are also taking different measures to fight
coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir.

Officials said
forces have been asked to report any sort of infection with the medical
department in Ladakh and Jammu region.

Jammu and Kashmir
police also have launched an awareness campaign across the police stations. An
official said all the police stations have been directed to maintain hygiene.

“A cleanliness
drive including fumigation of buildings is conducted in every police station.
Similarly, the policemen are directed to wash their hands regularly and use
masks in crowded places,” he said.

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