New Delhi: A group of foreigners was made to write “sorry” 500 times for flouting the lockdown guidelines on Saturday. Ten foreigners from different countries were caught taking a stroll in the Tapovan area amid the ongoing 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and not maintaining social distancing, sub-inspector Vinod Kumar Sharma said. Also Read - Durga Puja 2020: A day Ahead of Festivities in Bengal, Calcutta HC Partially Eases 'No-entry' Order For Pandals | Read Here What's Allowed

Each one of them was made to write a sentence of apology 500 times as a punishment, the sub-inspector added. Also Read - Getting Good Sleep Can Save You From COVID-19, Here's How

“I did not follow the rules of lockdown so I am so sorry,” each one of them wrote 500 times, Sharma said. Also Read - Road to Recovery: For 3rd Day, India's Fresh COVID-19 Infections Remain Below 60K Mark; 54,044 Cases, 717 Deaths in 24 Hours

Around 500 foreigners are staying in the Tapovan area these days and they are often seen violating the lockdown rules, throwing caution to the wind, he added. The operation to penalise them was conducted to send out a strong message to those who tend to take the lockdown lightly, Sharma said.