Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Benazir Ahmed said on Thursday the people rendered helpless during the COVID-19 pandemic situation are part of the community.
“About 4 million families are living in Dhaka city. If every family gives one plate of food, then 4 million people will get food. Helpless people in the corona situation are part of our community. We have to live with them,” he said.Addressing as the chief guest a function to distribute food and cash among the helpless and distressed people at Siddheswari High School ground this afternoon, Dr Benazir called upon the rich people to stand by the helpless people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are currently passing a difficult reality during the corona pandemic and we will be able to deal with this disaster under the leadership of the Prime Minister alike we defeated the modern weapons- equipped Pakistan army in 1971 under the leadership of Bangabandhu,” he added.
The IGP said that all must be united this time and everyone has to come forward from their respective positions to fight against the COVID-19.
Bangladesh Shop Owners Association organised the function with its president Mohammad Helal Uddin in the chair. DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam and FBCCI President Jasim Uddin also spoke on the occasion as special guests.
Dr Benazir Ahmed said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working tirelessly to keep running both life and livelihood of the people.
He said the rich people of society should also stand by the helpless people side by side the government’s initiative.Calling on all to be aware of the ongoing pandemic, the IGP said none should go out of the house unless there is an urgent need.
“If you want to go outside in case of emergency, you must wear a mask and follow the health guidelines. None will step on streets unnecessarily,” he added.
Referring to the rising rate of death from Covid-19, Dr Benazir said, “We have to take this decision. Let's work hand in hand, let's deal with the disaster.”
The IGP thanked the leaders of Bangladesh Shop Owners Association, businessmen and the wealthy people who stood by the helpless people alongside the government initiatives.
DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam said, “You have to save yourself, none will save you. You have to protect yourself and your family. So you have to wear a mask and follow health guidelines. Then we can survive.”
FBCCI President Jasim Uddin said that everyone should be aware during the corona period.