Last night at 8pm Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown, in an attempt to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus. Citizens were instructed to remain behind closed doors starting 12 am on March 24, 2019, for the next 21 days in order to break the Covid-19 infection cycle.
However, not everyone took the PM’s appeal seriously and Delhi Police had to detain nearly 5,146 people for flouting the prohibitory orders. So far 299 cases have been registered against the detainees and 1,018 vehicles have been sized from across the National Capital, under the Delhi Police Act.
It is to be noted that the enforcement is only going to get much more rigid from Wednesday, as the cops have also been ordered to seize vehicles found running not only on the main roads, but also within the colonies.
People, especially youngsters have been found to be loitering around the city on their two wheelers to “check the situation”. As a consequence Police personnels are also conducting checks for speeding and dangerous driving. They have received several complaints of people speeding and driving aimlessly on the empty roads in South and South-West Delhi. They were stopped and detained at the check posts or pulled in during surprise checks in the colonies.
Delhi Police has also mandated curfew passes for the vehicles intending to cross the borders into Delhi from neighbouring states. As of now about 2,319 vehicle passes have been issued by the single windows set up at the offices of the designated deputy commissioners of police.
Many shopkeepers were also held up in West Delhi for selling non essential items. Clearly, people are yet to understand the gravity of the situation. So far COVD-19 cases in India have risen to 612 and 10 people have already lost their battle to this deadly disease.DED