NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Three days after India imposed a nationwide lockdown, Devender Singh revved up his motorcycle to deliver meat and eggs to customers – but his heart was in his mouth as he closed in on a police barricade on a deserted New Delhi road.
Beatings of delivery workers by overzealous police after Prime Minister Narendra Modi late last month suddenly imposed the world’s biggest lockdown to contain the coronavirus had unnerved him.
“That day, it felt like my time to get thrashed had come,” Singh, 30, told Reuters on a quiet summer afternoon as he was out making deliveries.
“But what I was expecting didn’t happen. The police were very friendly – they just asked me where I was going and why.”
Singh said he was allowed to proceed after he flashed a so-called movement pass authorised by the police and given to him by his employer Licious, an online meat store backed by Bertelsmann’s (BTGGg.F) venture capital arm and Silicon Valley’s Mayfield Fund.
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