Reaction to the video poured in on social media, with some praising police while others argued the device dehumanizes people.
“Has Chandigarh Police gone mad? How can they do this to a human being? Utterly shameful, ” tweeted Man Aman Singh Chhina, a Chandigarh-based journalist for the Indian Express.
Another journalist, Pavneet Singh Chadha, the crime correspondent for the Hindustan Times, described the behavior as “deplorable” and said police were treating people “like cattle.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a strict nationwide lockdown to fight the spread of COVID-1 9 on March 24. The regulations, which run until May 3, have been eased somewhat by allowing stores to reopen, and manufacturing and farming activities to resume in rural areas.
Despite the lockdown, many transgressed the rules and ventured out on the roads.
On a Sunday radio talk show, Modi cautioned the country’s 1.3 billion people against any complacency in the fight against coronavirus, saying that people will have to change their habits by sticking to social distancing, wearing masks and not spewing in public.
“There should be no negligence at any local level due to overconfidence, ” he said. “We have to be very careful about this for a long time to come.”
He also said that a traditional system of Indian medicine, known as Ayurveda, which strongly recommends yoga exerts and drinking hot water, can be extremely helpful in house immunity.
As of Tuesday, there are 29,451 cases of COVID-1 9 in India with at least 939 demises, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .