A video was shared on social media and was claimed to show that Indian police put people who do not comply with the curfew next to a fake COVID-19 patient in the ambulance to punish them. The news sites also reported the video with the note that Indian police punished people to give a lesson in this way. In the video, while the Indian police check on the roads, he stops the motorcycle with three people who do not obey the curfew and do not wear a mask. The police punish these three people by placing them in an ambulance, which is claimed to have patients with the new coronavirus. In the video, people try to escape from it.
When we search for the video, we find news on Telangana Today, an Indian newspaper. According to the news, the police came up with a creative idea for those who do not obey the curfew in the region of Tiruppur in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India.
On the YouTube channel called “Tamil Nadu Police”, the original video was shared on 24 April 2020 by the police of Tiruppur. The explanation of the video is “no fear, stay home”. This practice is not applied regularly in India. The police recorded the video to raise awareness about the epidemic. The fact-checker platform, dpa-Faktencheck stated that the video was prepared by the police for the informative campaign.
In India, with a population of over 1.3 billion, curfews were announced until April 14 to limit human mobility against the new coronavirus on 24 March. When it was declared, there were 500 Covid-19 patients in the country. In some states, this restriction was later extended until May 1. On May 1, the curfew was extended until May 17 across the country. Those who do not comply with the curfew in India are given up to a year in prison or a fine.
According to the data of Johns Hopkins University, there are over 46,000 Covid-19 cases in India by May 5.
In conclusion, the claim is not true. Indian police recorded and released the video to warn people about the bans. The post in question is an example of parody.
Telangana Today, Chennai cops use Covid-19 ambulance trick on lockdown violators, 24 April 2020
Youtube, the original video shared by Indian police, 24 April 2020
News about the video in the Indian press, 24 April 2020
Dpa-Factchecking, Fact-checking about the video, 1 May 2020
Vikatan, News about the video, 24 April 2020
New York Post, India police punish coronavirus lockdown evaders with sit-ups, 31 March 2020
The Economic Times, Coronavirus: Sit-ups, squats, ‘murga' punishment, police try new ways to keep people at home,25 March 2020
The New York Times, Modi Orders 3-Week Total Lockdown for All 1.3 Billion Indians, 24 March 2020
İndia Today, Coronavirus: Punjab govt extends lockdown till May 1, 10 April 2020
News World 24, Lockdown Extension till May 17: Read MHA guidelines,1 May 2020
The Economic Times, Government issues guidelines for the 21-day countrywide lockdown. Here are the details, 25 March 2020
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Translation: Hilal Ebru Yakar