Tourists who violated lockdown in India asked to write ‘I am sorry’ 500 times

  • Foreigners who roamed near Ganga River, violating the lockdown in the area, were asked to write ‘I did not follow lockdown. I am sorry’ 500 times
  • The tourists explained that they thought they were allowed to go out from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the lockdown is relaxed, but an officer explained that it was meant to allow people to go out to buy essential items
  • He also warned that if they continue to violate the lockdown, they will be blacklisted from the country

Foreigners who defied the lockdown in India by loitering near Ganga River in Rishikesh were punished by the Uttarakhand P0lice by asking them to write down “I did not follow lockdown. I am sorry” 500 times.

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Hindustan Times said Tapovan police check post in-charge Vinod Kumar had been receiving reports about foreigners who still go to the river despite the lockdown due to COVID-19.

“Based on the inputs, on Saturday, I along with some other personnel of my check post decided to patrol that stretch, during which we found 10 foreigners strolling there,” Kumar told Hindustan Times.

The tourists who are from Israel, Australia, Mexico, and other European countries explained that they thought they were allowed to roam from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the lockdown is relaxed, but the officer explained that they misunderstood the guideline.

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“I told them that the relaxation is meant for people to buy essential items and not for venturing out without any reason, to which they said they weren’t aware of that,” Kumar pointed out.

At that point, he instructed one of his men to bring 50 to 60 pieces of paper and then asked the violators to write down their apology 500 times as punishment.

“After punishing them, I told them that it is a light one and if they refuse to do so then they will be blacklisted which will bar them from entering India again,” he warned.

Sources: Hindustan Times    Straits Times