BENGALURU: The Karnataka police on Wednesday said it would seize all vehicles plying on the roads during the period of the lockdown.
"This is not an April Fool's prank. Two/ four wheelers are banned from use till the 14th of April. We will SEIZE your vehicle if you CEASE to ignore this lockdown regulation," Praveen Sood, director general & inspector general of police of Karnataka, posted on Twitter.
The warning comes amid the nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi order till 14 April as.
The ban on vehicles is an extension of the existing prohibitory orders disallowing citizens from venturing away from their homes for groceries and other necessities.
However, Sood clarified that all essential services as defined by the ministry of home affairs were exempt. Several people took to Twitter and other platforms to complain that their vehicles were seized by the police even while out to pick up groceries.
Most of them have been told to return on 14 April to collect their respective vehicles.
The Bengaluru police alone has issued around 70,000 person and vehicle passes manually and another 10,000 electronically, according to senior police officials.
Bhaskar Rao, Bengaluru city police commissioner, had made it clear that people should go only to their neighbourhood stores and get back home without spending too much time outdoors.
Rao has also asked people to go out for walks or runs in the morning and exempted only those taking their pets out. He has people should not venture out too far.