India has announced the Unlock 1.0 phase under which the businesses will slowly start across the country and the rules for the movement of citizens throughout the country will be relaxed. Seizing the opportunity and after staying confined inside homes for many consecutive weeks, people have started coming out of their homes in large numbers. In Bengaluru, Karnataka, the police chased and busted a group of over 100 superbike riders and issued a fine to them. Some of these bikes were even impounded by the cops.
The group of bikers went out on Saturday for a ride on the highway. However, the cops spotted them near Solur on Bengaluru-Hassan highway and flagged them to stop. The cops then argued with the bikers and booked them for travelling for non-essential services during the lockdown. All the bikers were called to the Solur Police Station and were made to wait for hours before the cops issued the fine.
A police officer told Bangalore Mirror,
During a lockdown, only essential travel is allowed. Additionally, we have received many complaints about bikers speeding. Those caught were seen riding way beyond permissible limits. So, following complaints, we decided to seize these bikes.
I don’t think we violated any lockdown rule. Is there any specific clause banning biking in a lockdown? We follow strict physical distancing and take care of ourselves. These long drives are called calm rides, as for some they help overcome stress,