New Delhi, March 26 -- Two policemen signalled an approaching motorcycle to halt at a check post in Greater Kailash II on Thursday afternoon. There were three persons on it: Two weeping men with a dead child - about five years old - between them.

The motorcycle slowed, one of the policemen only slightly waved his hand to signal them to proceed. No words were exchanged.

"Only people who actually need to step out are crossing this checkpoint today. The situation is very different from Wednesday (Day 1 of the country-wide lockdown) when we had to force many motorists to turn around," said assistant sub-inspector Sukh Pal, recovering from what he had just witnessed.

Several kilometres away, on Vikas Marg in East Delhi, many motorists were ...