Amid lockdown, police beat the ‘corona’ out of violators

Policemen in UP’s Badaun city made people crawl on the road for allegedly violating the lockdown

Policeman makes youngsters squat as punishment for violating lockdown, in Jammu | Photo: Twitter

India is currently amid a 21-day lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, and the people are visibly not following the guidelines, prompting the police to take extreme steps like baton-charging, or to make the violators perform ‘back-to-school’ punishments.

Here are a few incidents of police literally beating ‘corona’ out of people found violating the lockdown orders:

Baton charge in Belgaum

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Police personnel were seen baton-charging Muslim devotees outside a mosque in Karnataka’s Belgaum district on Thursday. The assault came when they were leaving the mosque after offering prayers.

Trying to save their skin, the devotees ran helter-skelter without even trying to get their shoes that they had left at the mosque’s doorstep.

Holding ears and squatting in Kalaburagi

People violating the lockdown were forced to hold their ears and squat as a punishment by the police, in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi city.

In a video shared by ANI, policemen were seen also seen whacking some eight-nine youths with a stick when they were carrying out the punishments.

Squats and frog jumps in Kolkata

Defying the lockdown, people in several parts of Kolkata and some other districts ventured out on Thursday, prompting police to force those wandering about without a valid reason to do squats and frog jumps.

While more than 1,800 people were arrested only in Kolkata since Monday evening, many were let off with warnings and a few got whacked with batons. In some areas, police also made the violators do squats and frog jump on the roads.

Frog jumps in Pratapgarh

In Rajasthan’s Pratapgarh, police personnel made youngsters frog-jump for allegedly violating the lockdown. Few policemen were seen inspecting how the punishment was being carried out on an empty stretch of road.

In another area, some youths were seen squatting on the road and a policeman sitting nearby.

Crawl, not walk, in Uttar Pradesh

Policemen in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun city made people crawl on the road for allegedly violating the lockdown on March 25.

The “violators”, who were seen in a video crawling with their bags on their back, were reportedly walking to their native places.

‘Violator’ stamp in Jammu

In Jammu’s Ranbir Singh Pura, police put stamps reading ‘corona lockdown violater’ on arms of people for allegedly violating the lockdown.

“We are using permanent ink that takes around 15 days to erase,” said Shabir Khan, SDPO, RS Pura. Some people were also made to perform squats while holding their ears as punishment.

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(With inputs from agencies)

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