Toyota Fortuner with MLA Sticker Stopped and Fined for Driving in Lockdown

by Mohit Bhardwaj | 03/04/2020
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A youth was fined for Rs. 10,000 for driving a Toyota Fortuner during the lockdown. The SUV had an MLA sticker on its windshield but was still fined

COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease. It spreads with the transfer of SARS-CoV-2 virus. With the identification of cases of COVID-19 in the country, the Indian government imposed a nationwide lockdown to suppress the spread of the disease. Government has imposed the Section-144 of CPC across the country, which means – “Executive Magistrate of any state or territory to issue an order to prohibit the assembly of four or more people in an area. According to the law, every member of such 'unlawful assembly' can be booked for engaging in rioting”. Here is an incident from the northern part of India where a youth was booked for unlawful assembly. He was driving around in a last-generation Toyota Fortuner, which had an MLA sticker on its windshield.

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Youth Nabbed Driving Toyota Fortuner Amidst Lockdown, Fined For Rs. 10,000.

The Toyota Fortuner was caught in on Delhi-Saharanpur highway in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh.

The incident took place in Uttar Pradesh where a young man was caught driving around other people in his Toyota SUV.  The state police stopped them for not abiding by the Section-144 protocol. The driver of the car confirmed of his relation with a BJP MLA and that he has a special pass to drive the car. However, the police personnel were quick to realise the fake claims. Thus, challaned him with a fine of Rs. 10,000. The SUV was apprehended on Delhi-Saharanpur highway around Sarurpur Kalan in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh. This, however, is not the first time someone has been fined for not abiding by the Section-144 during this lockdown. Uttar Pradesh police has fined more than 2,000 vehicles in these 10 days of the lockdown.

Video of cops thrashing passengers of a Maruti Baleno who were out on a joyride amidst lockdown.

Recently, we also reported another incident where a group of people were stopped, while they were out on a joyride in a Maruti Baleno in Madhya Pradesh. Initially, the cops asked them if they were out for some important work or had a government pass. After finding out that the group was out on a joyride to Narmada river, police thrashed the guys with lathis for violating the rule. Later, on they were asked to drive back to their home. It is not advisable to loiter around in such conditions. As the virus is contagious, and the administrating officials are on their toes to help the citizens of the country. And, we should help them by following the rules.

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