On Monday, Karnataka Government announced that including Bengaluru, a total of 9 districts in the state would be completely locked down. While the government had announced a lockdown on Sunday night, people defied it and a large number of people were seen in the city today. The lockdown announced now is stricter and a wider one.
Bhaskar Rao, the City Police Commissioner spoke to the media and briefed upon the essential services that will be available in the city. He also mentioned that unnecessary mobility in the streets will be penalized under IPC Section 269 and 270 – negligent action likely to spread disease dangerous to life – and KP Act 30L.
As the lockdown was announced, the Twitter Citizens of Bengaluru rushed to express their opinion on the matter. From lauding the efforts of the officials to expressing displeasure over the negligence of people, here’s what they said.
Went out for a short drive. Less than 10% vehicles are plying. Saw few bmtc buses. Only Milk veg provision medical shops opened. #Bangalorelockdown
— A.G.M.SWAMI (@agmswami) March 23, 2020
@CMofKarnataka @Govt_Karnataka @NammaBESCOM Announcing a lockdown isn't going to be enough when you can't ensure a 24×7 power supply. How can we maintain business continuity by working from home if there's no power? #Covid19India #BangaloreLockdown
— Akash Chaudhuri (@akash_chaudhuri) March 23, 2020
The crows have been gathering in large numbers since yesterday and cawing crazily. Anyone know why or what’s happening? My guess is the city being dead has reduced their sources of Food. Could that just be it? #Bangalorelockdown pic.twitter.com/sCqMClkb0p
— Vinay Kumar / ವಿನಯ ಕುಮಾರ್ (@thevinaygreen) March 23, 2020
IS #Bangalorelockdown ?
In my neighborhood, construction is still open,
people are roaming on their "BULLET" as A NORMAL DAY.
Celebrity Paradise Layout, Electronic City Phase 1.
— Anchal verma (@Harshasheesh02) March 23, 2020
— Rajarshi (@_rajarshi) March 23, 2020
Why is it that most of the Retail stores are open and people are roaming as if there is no lockdown at all?
Markets are open as if it is any other day. What is the meaning of lockdown then? #Bangalorelockdown
— Saurav Rathi (@rathi_saurav) March 23, 2020
Just heard police asking shops to shutdown other than essential ones.
— Malhar Barai (@MalharBarai) March 23, 2020
— Srinivasa Venkatappa (@srinivasakv) March 23, 2020
@BJP4Karnataka @BSYBJP whats happening in Bangalore. Even it is lockdown, still labours are working at Bagmane Solarium City, Doddanekundi. Can you please see it. @narendramodi#LockdownNow #lockdownindia #Bangalorelockdown #Bangalore pic.twitter.com/fMsVYOtGqp
— Abhishek 🌐 (@imandaarladka) March 23, 2020
AgainNoisyOuterRingRoad.Too many local buses,cars.where are they https://t.co/6WDY9pQS5F lockdown?Bird chirping,peace,silence lost early morning of Monday.#bangaloreLockdown #COVID19outbreak #IndiaFightsCorona @BangalorTraffic @BangaloreBBMP
— Prabhat srivastava (@prabhat0109) March 23, 2020
Dear Authorities, is it a lockdown or some kind of joke. People are enjoying on the road , almost every damn thing is open. Why to risk our lives, there are assholes who understand the anything. #BangaloreLockdown
— Talented Rohit.. 🚩 (@MaaKi_Aankh) March 23, 2020
People still don't get the seriousness. A day after government announcing lockdown, people are out with kids for shopping. Ffs don't bring your kids outside😠.stay at home. #IndiaFightsCoronavirus #Bangalorelockdown
— Rakesh Saini (@Rakesh_MEMDUDE) March 23, 2020
— Alien (@Alien61755936) March 23, 2020
Looks like Bengaluru lockdown is a joke, request you all to stay home and fight together by not being together, that's the only way out! #Bangalorelockdown #COVIDIOTS #IndiaFightsCoronavirus #LockdownNow
— Abhijeet (@abhijeetb87) March 23, 2020
— Naveen 🇮🇳 (@naveenamrita9) March 23, 2020
Just wondering.. This was how kashmiris felt when article 370 was removed and locked down.. And we rest of Indians were celebrating not knowing how they felt..and what they went through. #bangalorelockdown #coronavirus #coronavirusinindia#IndiaFightsCorona#IndiaComeTogether
— Madhu Maddy Sudhan. (@madhumangal1) March 22, 2020
— RaveendraPande🕉️Jai HIND🇮🇳 (@ravee_120159) March 23, 2020
Govt order yeah and today’s newspaper said – Essential services , groceries , meat shops , milk parlors etc will remain open.
Police went around trying to close them since morning.
Result : supermarket , vegetable shops again cleaned up by panic buying. #Bangalorelockdown
— maxmelbin (@maxmelbin) March 23, 2020
The best thing abt #Bangalore is the morning sun & evening rain. The smell of earth #soilsmell after rain is ❤ . Just love the weather…. #BangaloreRains #coronavirusinindia #KarnatakaFightsCorona #IndiaFightsCOVID19 #Bangalorelockdown
— Priya Harinath (@HarinathPriya) March 23, 2020
ಕೊರೋನಾ ವೈರೆಸ್ ವ್ಯಾಪಕವಾಗಿ ಹರಡಿರುವ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂದು ಆಟೋಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಧ್ವನಿ ವರ್ಧಕಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಕೊರೋನಾ ವೈರೆಸ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಾಂಕ್ರಾಮಿಕ ಹರಡದಂತೆ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕಾದ ಮುಂಜಾಗ್ರತಾ ಕ್ರಮಗಳ ಕುರಿತು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಿಗೆ ಅರಿವು ಮೂಡಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.#IndiaFightsCOVID19 #IndiaComeTogether #Bangalorelockdown #KarnatakaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/1Xc29r9BaB
— Sharath Bachegowda (@SBG4Hosakote) March 23, 2020
— SandeshNarayan (@SandeshWrites) March 23, 2020
— Arcane✨varshi (@star_varshi02) March 23, 2020
#Bangalorelockdown Announcing a lockdown is fine. But how is one supposed to get groceries, dispose waste?
— Samaskarebyaha (@samskarebyaha) March 23, 2020