Ghaziabad, March 26 -- Outside a grocery shop in Modinagar, an unusual sight welcomed buyers: white lime powder circles on the ground, almost a metre apart, in which they were to stand and await their turn to progress into the next circle.

The markings were part of the Ghaziabad Police's plan to ensure social distancing at local shops where people were expected to gather in hoards.

On Wednesday, the exercise was seemingly a success.

"Any customer who comes to the shop to buy items will remain standing in the circle and move ahead when it is their turn. This way there will be no gathering of people and they will not be able to come in contact with each other," said Neeraj Kumar Jadaun, superintendent of police (rural). "The shopkeepers ha...