Inspector General of Police Dr Benazir Ahmed on Tuesday urged the countrymen not to go out of their homes for amusement on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
“Don’t go out for enjoyment. Stay at home,” the IGP made the request at a press conference on ‘law and order situation over Eid-ul-Fitr and Covid-19 pandemic’ at Bangladesh Police Auditorium in Rajarbagh Police Lines of the capital.He also called upon those homebound people, who were stranded in ferry ghats, to return to their destinations.
“Many people have journeyed for their village homes ignoring restrictions. Many of them have got stuck
at ferry ghats. You are requested to return to the places from where you journeyed for. If needed, police will help you,” he said.
The police chief said, “We will be able to observe many Eid festivals if we are alive. So, please don’t take risk. Stay at your homes.”
About the homebound people, he said, “Don’t go to your villages as an envoy of death. You (people) are going to your village homes braving two calamities — Covid-19 and Amphan.”
He described that 24 districts of our country were free from the virus until the second week of April, but when people from Dhaka, Gazipur and Narayanganj began to move there, the districts started to witness Covid-19 infections.Benazir requested people to offer Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at mosques and leave as soon as the namaz ended.
Eid congregations could be arranged how many times the people needed, but physical distancing is a must.
On the shopping malls, he said police had talks with the authorities of the markets and they were asked to follow health safety measures.
He requested the shoppers to finish shopping within a shortest possible time.
The IGP said that the death due to the virus is not a fear, but a real fact; so, all should obey the health trips, which can save the nation from the global natural calamity.
He sought assistance from people to deal with the crisis as it is a big challenge for the country.
In response to a question, Benazir warned against rumor spreaders, saying those who were spreading rumours for the personal interest would be arrested.