India's Bengaluru City Police on Tuesday arrested a person for speeding during lockdown after a video of him touching speeds of nearly 300 kmph (187 mph) on the electronic city flyover of the city went viral on social media.
According to Sandeep Patil, joint commissioner of police (crime), the accused, who goes by the social media handle "BlueBeast46", has been traced and his bike - a Japanese make Yamaha 1000 cc costing $33,422 (INR 2.5 million) - seized.
Police said the video was uploaded on his Instagram on 5 July and went viral on social media on Monday evening. In the video, the rider can be seen weaving dangerously through traffic and notching a top speed of 299 kmph. It has so far been viewed by more than 46,000 people since being uploaded.
Bengaluru man touches 299 kmph in his Yamaha 1000 cc bike on Electronic City flyover during #lockdown. CCB cops trace him, slaps case for rash driving @XpressBengaluru @santwana99 pic.twitter.com/OjvThHNVnC— MG Chetan (@mg_chetan) July 21, 2020
“We have registered a case and the traffic department will take up [the] case for further investigation. The handle had also posted similar videos in the past”, Patil said.
Bengaluru has been under strict lockdown since the start of the month in light of the rise in COVID-19 cases.
According to official figures from the Indian government, India has reported over 1.1 million positive COVID-19 cases, while more than 28,000 people have died due to the virus.