Sadashiva Nagar Police in Bengaluru has seized a Mercedes-Benz E-Class on Saturday night. A group of youngsters were caught taking a joyride and partying in the vehicle during the night curfew time of the city.
The police took action after the videos of the car became viral on the Internet and even the media channels highlighted the incident. The police have booked the owner of the car under various sections. The cops imposed section 290 for Rash driving or riding on a public way and section 336 for rash and negligent acts to endanger human life or the personal safety of others.
The police identified the owner as Sanjith Shetty, who is a well-known businessman in the city. However, at the time of the incident, he was out of town. Someone in the family had used the Mercedes-Benz E-Class for the joyride during curfew hours.
The occupants of the vehicle were playing loud music and screaming. The footage also shows them getting out of the car from the windows and sitting dangerously. On Sunday, the police seized the vehicle based on the evidence of CCTV footage and are currently further investigating the incident.
The cops in Karnataka have stepped up the night vigilance after the tragic accident of an MLA’s son in Koramangala in August that killed seven people.
The police say that it was not a case of drunk driving and the owner of the car will have to appear before the court to pay a fine and take back the car.
Several vehicles were seized for breaking lockdown
At the start of the lockdown in Karnataka, videos from Bengaluru city show that the cops rounded up anyone who was violating the lockdown rules. The violators made them sit in the middle of the road following social distancing norms. The police used a loudspeaker to direct everyone to take the pledge. This happened after the police seized all the vehicles that were out on the road during the curfew hours.
Unlike many states where the government has relaxed the lockdown rules, a few states are taking extra precautions to implement the curfews. There are many cities where the night curfew is still active and no movement is allowed except for medical emergencies.
The police have not revealed the fine amount and it is likely to be decided by the court. One should take note that even if someone else is driving the car, it is the owner of the vehicle who is held responsible in such cases. With the police using digital platforms to issue a challan nowadays, one should be careful about letting others use personal vehicles.