When the crowd failed to perform social distancing in Bengaluru, the police had to resort to mild lathi-charge. Close to 2,000 people gathered In front of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) office in Kamalanagar in West Bengaluru on Friday morning to get the free milk which was being distributed for the needy.
Due to the lockdown, free milk was being distributed in the BBMP office. A canter load full of Nandini Milk packets were being distributed for the poor and needy.
When the information spread among the residents in the area, thousands of people including the ones, who were financially stable, also hit the street and rushed to the BBMP office to get the free milk.
Apart from not maintaining social distance, many people in the crowd were not wearing masks. Police, on learning about the crowd gathering there, rushed to the spot and struggled for almost half-an-hour to clear the crowd.
“When we cleared the crowd in front of the BBMP office, they started gathering on the adjacent roads. We had a tough time clearing them and making them understand the importance of maintaining social distance. Many people got into arguments with us, so we had to resort to a mild lathi-charge,” said a senior officer.
It is very unfortunate to see that many people were rich enough to buy milk, but they came to take the free milk meant for the poor, the officer added.
For the uninitiated, the country is currently witnessing complete lockdown as the number of coronavirus cases in the country continues to rise with 56 deaths reported.