Karnataka police have warned that all four-wheeled and two-wheeled roadblocks will be seized during the 21-day national shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19).
In a tweet, the chief of police in the province said, “This is not an April Fool’s prank. Two/Four Wheelers are banned from use until April 14. We will seize your car if you try to disregard this restriction.” The tweet comes after several people were seen not adhering to the lockdown, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The tweet has garnered a lot of responses from the public, with many questioning whether those freedmen or potential commuters can use their cars.
Already, police in many places in the state, including Bengaluru, have started bicycling when they suspected motorists were going out on the streets for the wrong reasons. “Here, we issued the order two days ago. We have already seized 5200 cars. Go to your grocery store, do not use the car,” Bengaluru police spokesman Baskar Rao told TNM.