Three BJP leaders including Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) Deputy Mayor Purnima Sharma and a former MLA were charged today for allegedly violating prohibitory orders issued as part of the lockdown enforcement in view of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.
A first information report (FIR) was registered against Purnima Sharma, former MLA Rajesh Gupta and JMC Corporator Sandhya Gupta under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the city police station, the officials said.
The action against the BJP leaders was taken after they visited a theatre to distribute relief materials among several hundred people staying there, they said.
The officials said the leaders did not follow the guidelines on social distancing while carrying out the relief work, causing hardships to the policemen to maintain order.
When contacted, the deputy mayor expressed surprise over the registration of the FIR and said she was outside the venue and had no idea what happened inside.