MUMBAI: The government may be in unlock mode, but the police warned people on Tuesday that their vehicles would be impounded and they would be fined if they failed to show a valid reason for motoring about the city.
Late on Tuesday, the city police tweeted from their handle: “Strict legal action will be taken and vehicles will be seized if any non-permitted & non-essential vehicular movement is noticed. This is not just against the rules but also not in favour of your own safety, at this crucial moment in Mumbai’s fight against #COVID19.”
Police officials said the message was sent after noticing many vehicles moving about on roads across the city without the people in or on them having a valid reason for doing so.
An IPS officer said that though there had been a relaxation in lockdown rules, the guidelines issued by the state government on the movement of people on the roads were still applicable and were being updated every month. Recently these were updated on July 27.
“We are not going to take action against those who are travelling to their workplace or business establishments. But no joyride or people going for a spin will be allowed, and action will be taken if people are found unable to give a valid reason,” the officer said.
The officer said people carrying necessary documents like identity cards would not be stopped.
“Bandobast has been increased looking at the oncoming festivals and expectation of more traffic on roads,” the officer said.
The police appealled to all citizens to adhere to the lockdown guidelines as issued by the state government.
“All movement outdoors should be restricted to essential activities only. While moving outdoors, wearing of face masks is compulsory. Visit to markets, salons, barber shops shall be restricted to those in the neighbourhood. Movement outside this radius for shopping is strictly prohibited,” the officer said.
The officer said only work and medical emergencies were valid reasons. No movement of persons except for essential activities was allowed during night curfew between 9pm and 5am.
“Any violation will be penalised,” the officer said.