The Mahatma Phule Police in Kalyan, India arrested eight people for defying a government-enforced curfew to play cricket on Sunday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked residents to remain indoors for 14 hours on Sunday. The move known as the 'Janata curfew' - held between 7am and 9pm on March 22 - was understood to be in preparation for additional social distancing measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. During the curfew, five or more people were not allowed to gather at one place.
The action was taken on Sunday afternoon when police team during 'Janta Curfew' noticed eight people playing cricket inside Kala Talao ground in Kalyan.
"Action was taken against them for defying the prohibitory orders issued by the Thane Police Commissionerate. They also went against the 'Janata curfew' being observed to curb the spread of coronavirus," said a police official.