New Delhi (Sputnik): In order to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Indian government extended the nationwide lockdown until 3 May. The lockdown has brought the country to a standstill with only essential services allowed to function.
Hundreds of residents in the Indian capital have taken to the streets, protesting against the illegal sale of liquor and drugs in their area after a woman alleged her purse was snatched.
According to the residents of the city’s Uttam Nagar neighbourhood, despite the lockdown in place, there are around four peddlers in the area and due to them a lot of snatching incidents occur almost daily. People come to the area to buy liquor or drugs and create a lot of nuisance but police continue to remain on the sidelines.
A video of the area shows angry protesters, wearing masks and staging a sit-in on the roads while keeping social distancing in mind. People can be seen complaining about the sale of liquor in the area under policemen’s noses.
According to the police, on Tuesday morning a woman alleged that her purse was snatched. A complaint was registered and the protesters were given assurance of quick action against the culprits.
As per the official crime data provided by the Delhi Police, the national capital witnessed as many as 68 incidents of theft during the lockdown from 1 April to 15 April. It also recorded 66 heinous crimes including murders and rape during the same period.
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