Pune Police has a Healthy Punishment for Morning Walkers Violating Lockdown

A video of Pune Police having the morning walkers violating the lockdown, performing yoga and exercising as retribution has gone viral on the internet.

by Hari Aditya

Updated: Apr 17, 2020 11:23 IST

Tags: India Corona
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New Punishment for the Violators

Thursday's Pune Police disciplined morning walkers who defied the Covid-19 lockout with a safe punishment by having them perform yoga and workout. An official said that as many as 100 men, including 25 to 30-morning walkers, had been made to do yoga and exercise by Kondhwa police station staff. 

"Apart from morning walkers, we also caught hold of people who had ventured out of their homes early in the morning to buy essentials," senior inspector Vinayak Gaikwad of Kondhwa police station said. He added that lockout violators were forced to stand in a row while keeping sufficient space and were required to perform yoga and other exercises. Cases against morning walkers shall be reported under section 188 (disobedience to order properly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.

"We will issue notices to others who had stepped out to buy essentials," he added. Kondhwa is one of the areas in Maharashtra's Pune city where several localities have been marked as containment zones after several Covid-19 cases were found there. "As per norms, Kondhwa residents are only supposed to go out to buy essentials between 10 am and 12 noon," Gaikwad said.

Similarly, in the early hours of the day, Swargate police also arrested more than 70 people for walking on the road, while Bibvewadi police forced morning walkers from the city do yoga as a deterrent for coming out of their homes during the lockdown.

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