The New York Daily News reports:
Dramatic photos and videos show how police across India are using extreme force against violators of the country’s coronavirus lockdown. Baton-wielding cops wearing surgical masks can be seen in the images and footage from Wednesday beating those breaking the rules.
On Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of the potentially deadly virus — and declared that no one will be allowed to leave their homes.
After the lockdown went into effect, locals were seen on TV news and social media being struck with batons in the streets of the southern state of Kerala.
— New York Post (@nypost) March 25, 2020
— Trend in India (@ApnaSmartphone) March 25, 2020
— ABC News (@ABC) March 24, 2020
— Mete Sohtaoğlu (@metesohtaoglu) March 25, 2020
How insensitive can one get 🤬
These are difficult times & what he is carrying only essential supplies, right?
Why should he be beaten black & blue like he is some criminal 😞
— Santosh Addagulla (@santoshspeed) March 25, 2020
In #India, police have assaulted journalists amid the #coronavirus lockdown, even though the @MIB_India issued a statement reiterating that journalists are exempt from the lockdown and are free to do their work without any restriction.https://t.co/TZbMbOwdFR
— Committee to Protect Journalists (@pressfreedom) March 24, 2020