Mobile court drives intensified

Anaet Shawon

6 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Efforts have been strengthened across the country to implement the government’s directives to check the second wave of coronavirus in the country.

Local administrations and law enforcers went for tough action on Monday as a large number of common people are still defying the health guidelines, including wearing facemasks and social distancing, despite a rapid increase in death and infection rates of coronavirus.

As part of the move, local administrations, law enforcement agencies have strengthened different initiatives, including mobile court drives, awareness campaigns, and distribution of masks and leaflets across the country.

Local administrations have fined many people and sentenced some of them for breaching directives on the first day of the weeklong lockdown.

During the lockdown, the local administration also set up check posts at various places in the capital to prevent the public from roaming outside unnecessarily or from one place to another.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Raipura in Narsingdi

Shafiqul Islam told that they have to struggle to abide by the government directives but in many cases, they were not seen interested.

“We’re requesting people to wear facemasks and follow other safety rules. In some cases, we have to enforce law,” he said.

During the mobile court drives, some 22 people were fined Tk 7,500 for not using masks and breach of government directives at different parts of Dohar upazila.

Ten teams of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) have conducted mobile court drives and fined at least 68 people Tk 162,700 for violating rules, including not wearing of masks, opening of shops, Dhaka City South Corporation conducted similar drives also.

 Besides this, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) also conducted drives across the Dhaka city, including Shahbagh and Kawran Bazar areas, and fined at least 20 people Tk 200 to 500. Some 33 people were fined Tk 9450 in Chattogram city.

UNO of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Surya Akter said they are operating mobile court to force people to follow health guidelines.

“It would not be allowed to anyone to come out of their homes during the lockdown without any urgency. Many people are not wearing masks and roaming unnecessarily,” she said, adding that some were fined as they were unable to explain any reasonable reply.

A mobile court sentenced two people to two days in jail for violating rules in Khulna’s Paikgachha upazila.

The court handed down the sentence to Abdus Samad and Abbas Ali as they allowed gatherings in front of their shops and did not follow instruction when they were asked to close their shops.

Talking to the Daily Sun, UNO of Dohar in Dhaka Feroj Mahmud Naim said that they were trying to convincing the people to abide by the government fresh 18-point directives to curb the Covid-19 spread.

“But the common people are hardly took our advices into cognizance, then we have to fine them,” he said.

In Savar, another mobile court fined a shopping complex -- Lalon Tower -- in Hemayetpur Tk 4,000 for being open defying lockdown directives.

A restaurant, Suruchi, in the Savar Bazar bus stand area was also fined Tk 3,000 for serving people food inside its premises.

A bus of Shyamoli Paribahan was fined Tk 500 for plying on the road and four pedestrians were fined Tk 800 each for not wearing masks.

 Besides, UNO of Nawabganj in Dhaka HM Salauddin Monzu said they have fined 12 people Tk 8000 for breaching rules during mobile court drives.

Another mobile court of Raipura Upazila in Narsingdi also fined 27 people Tk 17800. Some nine people and one shop-owner were also fined Tk 3800 in Cox’s Bazar.