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Blockade in India: 5,146 arrested in Delhi for defying the blockade, 1,018 vehicles seized | India News


NEW DELHI: Police strictly enforced the shutdown in the capital on Tuesday, arrested 5,146 people and registered 299 cases against them for ignoring prohibitive orders. Police said 1,018 vehicles were seized from across the city under the Delhi Police Act.

The application is expected to be tighter starting Wednesday, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day shutdown across the country. In addition to arresting people, police officers were also ordered to capture vehicles that were running not only on main roads, but also within the colonies.

Police also carried out speeding and dangerous driving checks after complaints that many people speed up on empty roads in south and southwest Delhi. Police said most of the offenders were youth on two wheels to “check the situation” in the city. They were detained and detained at checkpoints or detained during surprise checks in the colonies. Some merchants in west Delhi were also arrested for selling non-essential items. When they were found to be aimlessly driving on arterial sections, people were forced to return to their homes.

After announcing that crossing borders to Delhi from neighboring states would require curfew passes, the Delhi Police established a single window in the offices of the appointed deputy police commissioners. At 5pm Tuesday, 2,319 vehicle passes had been issued. A query counter in the DCP office cleared questions about curfew passes, which contain the holder’s name, designation, organization, and contact number.

Applicants were made to sign a statement that passes that allow cross-border movement would not be transferred to others. They were also informed that the passes would work in conjunction with their identity cards. Police officials said it was mostly media professionals and food delivery company and pharmacy owners who collected the passes on Tuesday. By enforcing the ban on the entry of vehicles into Delhi, the police carried out strict controls at border posts and other checkpoints.

They used drones and conducted surprise patrols to launch themselves at people gathering on the roads or near markets. To facilitate the movement of vehicles carrying essential supplies, the police created a separate lane on the roads that enter the city, especially from Noida and Faridabad. Officials said there were initially problems with the passage of medications, food and newspapers, but that they were resolved during the day.

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