Telangana: Over 1.3 lakh vehicles seized during lockdown

Written by Sreenivas Janyala
| Hyderabad |

Published: April 24, 2020 10:26:59 pm

The police declare that they’re seizing vehicles of people that haven’t any legitimate cause to be on the roads, violating the restrictions. (Express picture/Representational)
The very first thing that hundreds of individuals in Telangana should do when the lockdown is lifted is to hurry to native courts. One month because the lockdown started on March 24, Telangana Police has seized over 1.30 lakh vehicles of those that violated the lockdown guidelines throughout the 31 districts.

On April 22 alone, Hyderabad Traffic Police seized 2,466 vehicles and registered 14,329 circumstances underneath Motor Vehicle Act and disobedience of lockdown orders. Cyberabad Traffic Police issued 1.22 lakh e-challans on motorists violating lockdown norms and likewise breaking site visitors legal guidelines.

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The police declare that they’re seizing vehicles of people that haven’t any legitimate cause to be on the roads, violating the restrictions. In some circumstances, the vehicles had been used to hold liquor or gutkha. “Some individuals are simply not taking the lockdown guidelines severely. They are roaming on the roads with none correct cause. Some declare that they will hospital however can not clarify what the emergency was. To make them perceive the seriousness of the coronavirus scenario and why the lockdown and the necessity for them to remain indoors is essential, we’re seizing the vehicles,’’ a high official mentioned. “About 90 per cent are two-wheelers, the remaining are 4 wheelers and autorickshaws,” he mentioned. As of April 20, cops had seized 1,11,600 two-wheelers, 4881 autorickshaws, 3390 automobiles, and 579 different vehicles.

Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) M Mahender Reddy mentioned that every one the vehicles can be deposited with the native courts in every district after the lockdown is lifted. “People are thinking that they will just get back their vehicles once the lockdown is lifted and that is why they are taking liberties with the rules. It is not so easy. They have to attend court and get back their vehicles and there is a process involved in it,” he mentioned, including that regardless of appeals on a regular basis, individuals had been nonetheless violating the lockdown norms. The DGP mentioned that as there are a number of containment zones within the metropolis the place corona virus have been reported from, police is implementing the lockdown very strictly.

“No one is allowed in or out of the containment zone and anyone violating this will face strict action. We have increased surveillance in the containment zones as well as around them,” an official mentioned. An advocate and civil rights activist mentioned that it could take as much as one week to 15 days for the vehicles to be launched by courts contemplating the massive numbers.

Over 70,000 of 1.30 lakh vehicles had been seized in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) space. Although Telangana Government prolonged the lockdown until May 7, on April 14 hundreds of individuals got here out on the roads in Hyderabad leading to police seizing lots of of vehicles.

“We have been appealing to people that if they have minor health problems they should go the nearest hospital rather than take a long ride elsewhere. If they have pre-existing medical conditions that require consultation at super speciality hospitals then they must carry the relevant documents. If you do not show a valid reason, we will seize your vehicle,” an official mentioned. Motorists have additionally been requested to hold proof of residence and car possession papers for verification. DGP Reddy mentioned that lockdown violations had been extra in city areas than in rural areas. As per the lockdown guidelines, individuals should purchase necessities and groceries inside a 3-km radius from their residence. However, a majority of the violators had been discovered outdoors the 3-km radius zone and weren’t carrying correct identification and tackle proof papers.

Considering the big variety of vehicles which have been seized particularly in Hyderabad, and the courtroom course of concerned in getting again the vehicles, Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi demanded that police launch the vehicles on a private bond of the house owners. “In Kerala, the high court has ordered that police release all vehicles on personal bond of owners. Telangana Police should also come out with such a policy,” he mentioned. Owaisi mentioned that individuals would require their vehicles as quickly because the lockdown is lifted.

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