Even though the declining number of cases is suggesting that the second wave of COVID-19 in India is losing momentum, there are still many hotspots across India. Local authorities and governments have still lockdowns in place in various states and districts, there are many who just don’t adhere to these COVID-19 protocols. In Bengaluru, Karnataka, cops seized more than 2,000 vehicles on the first day of full lockdown but that did not change any behaviour of the people.
Even highly informed people who own high-end vehicles come out of the homes without a valid reason. The police have now started seizing the high-end vehicles too. Here are two videos that show cops seizing a Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and a Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The two youngsters in the Mercedes-Benz CLA were stopped at the police barricade. When the cops asked them the reason for coming out of the home, they replied that they were out to eat and were looking for restaurants. The police immediately seized the car at the spot. One of the cops sat in the vehicle and directed the driver to take the car to the police station to complete the process of seizing.
The Mercedes-Benz ML-Class SUV was seized at the spot too. When the cops asked the reason, the driver could not give any explanation to come out of the home. The cops seized the vehicle on the spot.
CRPC and IPC invoked
The police have invoked the Code of Criminal Procedure (CRPC) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the COVID-19 protocol violators. It means that if a court orders, they can get arrested and remain in jail for weeks. In fact, Karnataka has set up temporary jails only for the COVID-19 protocol violators.
The COVID-19 situation is quite grim in India. Even though the number of cases has come down drastically, the healthcare system is still overburdened. With the number of people coming of homes without any valid reason, the risk is only becoming higher. That is why the authorities are taking strict action against the violators who are coming out of the homes without an emergency or a valid reason.
Police made the citizens take the pledge
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 use 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.
While we are not sure if the cops also issued a challan on the spot, all the seized vehicles are likely to be returned after the second wave settles down in a few weeks time. Last year, during a similar situation, the cops seized thousands of vehicles and then returned them after verifying the documents of the vehicles.