COVID-19: Mumbai Police seize over 7,000 vehicles, draws flak over new guidelines

Updated: Jun 29, 2020, 20:02 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

The new set of guidelines by Mumbai police restricts the movement of people within a 2-km radius of their homes, except for essential workers

Mumbai Police urged people to respect the norms and help in unlocking the city responsibly. Picture/Nimesh Dave
Mumbai Police urged people to respect the norms and help in unlocking the city responsibly. Picture/Nimesh Dave

After issuing a new set of guidelines that restricts the movement of people within a 2-km radius of their homes, the Mumbai police on Monday morning took to social media and revealed that over 7,000 vehicles were seized on June 28. According to the latest post by the Mumbai police, the vehicles have been seized for violating rules of phase-wise unlocking issued by the state government.

The police shared a graphical representation of the number of vehicles seized from Zone 1 to Zone 12, including the Port zone and the Traffic Police department. Sharing the picture on Instagram and Twitter, the police wrote, "Over 7000 citizens violated the rules of phase-wise unlocking by taking their vehicles out for non-official/non-medical/non-emergency reasons on 28 June."

The police also urged the citizens to act responsibly and follow the guidelines laid down by the state government and city police in order to defeat coronavirus. According to Mumbai police PRO, Pranay Ashok, "The threat of COVID-19 still persists in the city and it is absolutely necessary that we all follow the social distancing guidelines."

The post has garnered over 6,000 likes and hundreds of comments. One user said, "Announce a rule at 5 PM and expect everyone to follow it by 5:30," while, another wrote, "Use common sense. There are rules for our safety. If you won’t follow it there will be rise in numbers." One user commented, "Well done. We're proud of you and your achievements. Let the good things continue."

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Police personnel issue challans to bikers for violating lockdown rules at Opera house. Pic/Bipin Kokate

While the policemen have been lauded for their selfless service time and again, the latest move by has drawn flak from several citizens, who said that there should be an official statement from the CMO's office regarding the new set of guidelines. One social media user questioned, "This is sheer stupidity. If people can't move out in their own vehicle, then why call it an unlock at first place?"

Here's how people reacted:

As per the guidelines, the movement of citizens will be restricted within a radius of 2 km from their residence, except for essential workers. Vehicles of those plying without a valid reason will be impounded.

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A cop stops a biker during police blockade at Parel amid lockdown in the city. Pic/Shadab Khan

While sharing the new set of guidelines, Mumbai Police had said, "The onus of defeating COVID-19 lies on all of us and we can achieve this only when we follow the personal safety and social distancing guidelines at all times." The new guidelines also stated that while moving out, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing is compulsory.

Many areas in North suburbs of Mumbai have become COVID-19 hotspots. Senior police officials inspected these areas and instructed on-duty cops to ensure that lockdown guidelines are strictly followed. "We have been instructed to strictly enforce the lockdown rules and legal action will be taken against the violators," said a police officer from northern region.

With inputs from Samiullah Khan

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