The Kerala police have been using drones to keep an ‘eye’ on those who are violating the lockdown. The visuals recorded by the drones are posted on the police department’s official social media pages and have since gone viral. In most videos, people standing in groups, could be seen suddenly running scattered as soon as they spot the drone above them. Images and videos of people running from the playgrounds and the bathing ghats have been doing the rounds on the social media. While some people try to cover their faces with their mudu (dhoti) some others hide themselves behind coconut palms or between the rocks to evade the ‘prying’ eye of the drone.
Though these videos are hilarious, many have commented that it shows how people are still violating the lockdown rules. Most people who were caught on camera have either gathered for evening chit chats or a game of football. They are criticized for ignoring how serious the Covid 19 situation has become around the world. Netizens even wonder whether they are over confident about their immune system. Meanwhile, some people commented that their ignorance could jeopardize the well being of the society. Trolls using the drone visuals too have become viral on various social media platforms.
Meanwhile, the police department has decided to strengthen the surveillance and also to take strict actions against those who violate the lockdown. The Kerala police have been receiving appreciation from various corners for using modern technology for surveillance. The national media too has taken an interest in the drone visuals captured by the police department in the state.