Police in India Showcase Device to Detain Lockdown Violators Without Contact

Police in the Indian city of Chandigarh shared video on April 25 in which they demonstrate a contraption they say will be used to capture “non-cooperating corona suspects and curfew breakers” while maintaining social distancing.

The director general of the Chandigarh Police, Sanjay Baniwal, tweeted the video, writing: “VIP Security wing of Chandigarh Police has devised this unique way of tackling non-cooperating corona suspects and curfew breakers.”

The clip shows a group of uniformed police officers standing next to a flat-bed truck. One of the officers is holding a lengthy hand-operated metal trapper device, which he extends and locks round the body of another man. The officer then guides the captured man inside the back of the truck.

While some responded positively to the video, praising police, others argued that the device served to dehumanize people.

Among the critics was Man Aman Singh Chhina, a Chandigarh-based journalist for The Indian Express, who tweeted: “Has Chandigarh Police gone mad? How can they do this to a human being? Utterly shameful.”

Another journalist, Pavneet Singh Chadha, crime correspondent for The Hindustan Times, described the behavior as “deplorable” and said police were treating people “like cattle.” Credit: DGP Chandigarh Police via Storyful