Hyderabad cops act tough on lockdown violators, shops closed by 2pm

Hyderabad lockdown
Police teams are checking the purpose of the persons who ventured out during the lockdown at Begumpet check post. (Photo: Surya Sridhar)

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad City Police is on overdrive on Tuesday, cracking down on anyone violating lockdown regulations and in fact, chasing away fruit and vegetable vendors who were moving on the roads and making shops pull their shutters down by 2 pm itself in many areas.

The crackdown, which comes a day after Telangana Director-General Police M Mahender Reddy announced stringent action against lockdown violators, saw teams of the traffic police, along with law and order police, seizing vehicles of persons moving aimlessly on the roads and tightening inspections at many check-posts.

The Traffic police teams continued their work of checking vehicles and the passes issued by the department. Teams were seen checking vehicle documents at SP Road, Begumpet, MJ Market, Ravindra Bharathi, Public Gardens and other places. The police also set up new check posts at several junctions and thoroughfares to prevent unnecessary movement on the road.

From 2 pm, police teams chased away fruit and vegetable vendors on the roads and forced many shopkeepers to down their shutters. In certain areas of the city including Amannagar, Tallabkatta, Begum Bazaar, Nampally and Moghalpura the police were seen using the lathi to drive away many loitering on the road.

People heading to hospitals and other emergency services were exempted and allowed to proceed after they showed relevant documents.

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