There have been numerous reports that have been surfacing recently in relation to some policemen resorting to violence against citizens for breaking quarantine guidelines. The Hon’ble Delhi High Court on 27.04.2020 sought status report from the police in relation to a writ petition filed against the atrocities committed by police officials.
The said Petition was filed by Sunder Kumar along with his brother who accused the police officials of forcibly taking them to a police booth near Sheetala Mata Mandir, Basai Darapur, Delhi on 22.04.2020 where they were allegedly beaten and retained in police custody. The Petitioners also accused the police officials of having registered a false case against both the brothers.
Justice Yogesh Khanna then took notice of the FIR registered by the police officials on the date of the incidence according to which the officials opposed Petitioner No.1 who was roaming in the locality without wearing a mask after which the Petitioner called upon his brother and started beating up the cops.
As per the F.I.R, it was after the Petitioner’s violent conduct towards the officials that the F.I.R was registered.
After analysing the present Petition, Justice Yogesh Khanna of Delhi High Court called upon the police officials to furnish a status report regarding the matter on or before 06.05.2020 i.e. date for the next hearing.
Police officials from various states have been adopting innovative ideas in order to punish the lockdown violators. Punjab police sub-inspector Baljinder Singh recently released a music video emphasising on the precautionary measures to be taken in order to fight Coronavirus, while in Bengaluru, police utilised the power of street theatre to highlight the danger of the virus and breaking quarantine rules.
With such creative methodologies adopted by police officials all over the country, it is quite clear that violence is not the way to go in order to teach lockdown violators a lesson.