Bengaluru: Police seize nearly 42,000 vehicles in 54 days | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The police seized 41,832 vehicles for curfew and lockdown violations in 54 days (April 10 to June 3), averaging 774 per day. Last year, 49,414 vehicles were impounded during the two phases of Covid-19 lockdown — March 24 to April 30 and July 14 to July 22 — at an average of nearly 1,075 a day.
This year’s tally includes 37,362 two-wheelers, 2,036 three-wheelers and 2,434 fourwheelers. The corresponding figures last year were: 46,237, 1,200 and 2,077.
Police officers said they were strictly enforcing the restrictions announced in the wake of the second wave of Covid-19. The restrictions will stay in place till June 14 as the government on Thursday extended the lockdown again. Unlike last year, movement of vehicles has been allowed for various purposes such as vaccination and buying groceries.
“Many people are misusing the relaxations and we are seizing their rides. There have been instances where men posed as food delivery agents to roam around,” a senior officer said. “Every day, there are heated arguments between police personnel and motorists, which was not the case during the first lockdown.”
Genuine reasons ignored?
There have also been instances where people visiting hospitals were stopped. A 23-yearold student from BTM Layout alleged that a police team seized her two-wheeler near Tilaknagar on May 29 even after she showed her appointment with an eye specialist. She asked the hospital receptionist to talk to a cop, but to no avail. “As I was communicating in Hindi and English, the cop refused to hear me,” she claimed.
Meanwhile, around 3,000 vehicles, mostly two-wheelers, seized during the 2020 lockdown are still lying at various police stations in the city as the owners have not completed the formalities like producing documents, approaching a court and paying a fine. “It seems that the owners of these vehicles don’t have proper documents to show,” another police officer said.

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