Police show their innovative side to keep lockdown violators at bay

India’s 1.3 billion population has been under 21-day lockdown since March 24 announced by the Narendra Modi government to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. During the Coronavirus lockdown, police officials have taken to the streets to enforce the restrictions and create awareness about the need for the citizens to stay at home during the pandemic outbreak. While the citizens have quarantined themselves at their residences, there are some violators who choose to break the rules and risk other people’s lives in danger. In order to keep such violators at bay, the police across various states have found innovative ways to punish the offenders.

Jaipur Police issued a warning to the violators who will be seen ‘roaming unnecessarily’ during the lockdown, saying that they will confine them in a room and make them listen to the recently released remix version of the AR Rahman composition ‘Masakali’ from the film ‘Delhi-6’ on repeat.

On Sunday, Uttarakhand Police made foreigners, who breached the lockdown, write “I didn’t follow lockdown. I am sorry” 500 times on paper. The police saw the foreigners loitering near the river Ganga in Rishikesh.

In Uttar Pradesh, a police officer dressed as ”Yamraj” in black-golden attire and roamed around the streets of Bahraich city. While roaming around, the’Yamraj’ dressed police officer informed the citizens about the dangers of stepping off their homes during the pandemic outbreak. Speaking on a microphone, the police also said that they will take away those people who will not follow the lockdown rules or practice social distancing.

Gujarat police have been using drones to keep a bird’s eye view over the state and citizens violating the lockdown rules. As per officials, 200 drones are roaming around the state to keep a watch on the movement of the citizens during the lockdown. Anyone found violating the rules were arrested under section 188 of the IPC for defying the police notification.

Some police officers sang old songs to the citizens to spread awareness about the health crisis. Videos of police officers singing in places such as Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Kolkata went viral on social media. Few police officers wore helmets shaped as the structure of the Coronavirus to inform the people about the ongoing situation. Several incidents have also come to light where the police officials provided food and assistance to the people in need during the time of crisis. In parts of Maharashtra, the police distributed umbrellas to street vendors amid the hot weather.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed 9,000 in India on April 13 with over 300 deaths reported. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address the citizens on April 14, as chief ministers and other officials demand an extension of Coronavirus lockdown which comes to end on April 14.

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