Equity benchmark Sensex plummeted over 2,700 points in opening session on Monday as global stocks resumed their free fall amid coronavirus-led lockdowns across the world stoking fears of a massive recession.
The rupee, too, plunged 92 paise against US dollar to 76.12.
After sinking over 2,718 points, the BSE barometer was trading 2,430.57 points or 8.12 per cent lower at 27,485.39.
Similarly, the NSE Nifty was trading 682.35 points, or 7.80 per cent, down at 8,063.10.
All Sensex components were trading in the red, with Bajaj Finance tanking up to 14 per cent, followed by Axis Bank, UltraTech Cement, ICICI Bank, Maruti and M&M.
In the previous session on Friday, equity markets witnessed a relief rally after four days of fall. The BSE benchmark ended 1,627.73 points or 5.75 per cent higher at 29,915.96. The Nifty zoomed 482 points, or 5.83 per cent, to close at 8,745.45.
During the last trading week till Friday, the Sensex plummeted 4,187.52 points or 12.27 per cent, while the Nifty sank 1,209.75 points or 12.15 per cent.
According to traders, extreme lockdown measures taken by the governments in India and the world over have put immense pressure in investor sentiment.
As the virus cases climbed, the central and state governments in the country decided to lock down 75 districts from where Covid-19 cases have been reported to break the chain of transmission, and the Health Ministry said states would earmark hospitals to exclusively treat coronavirus patients.
Putting in place a tighter framework to curb high market volatility, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Friday announced revising market-wide position limit for stocks in the derivatives segment, flexing dynamic price bands and other measures for one month starting from March 23.
These steps would limit short selling of shares as well as reduce volatility in individual stocks.
Stock exchanges and regulatory officials, however, dismissed suggestions about curtailment of trading hours in wake of the pandemic.
Bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul plunged up to 4 per cent, while Tokyo was trading with gains.