Law enforcers took a hard line against the violators of lockdown rules in the capital and elsewhere in the country on Friday, the third day of the eight-day shutdown enforced to check the spread of deadly coronavirus.
Apart from the law enforcers, mobile courts also stepped up drives against the people who came out of their houses and moved freely without following health guidelines during the lockdown.In view of the spike in the deaths and infections from coronavirus of Covid-19, the government has enforced a fresh lockdown in the country to contain the deadly bug.
But despite the alarming corona situation, most people in the capital and other parts of the country appear reluctant to follow the health guidelines. They were seen thronging the streets and kitchen markets without wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing.
Police and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were seen taking position in different parts of the capital on Friday morning. They were seen monitoring movement of vehicles and people.
Law enforcers were asking people as to why they came out of their houses amid the lockdown. Those, who are failing to show 'movement pass' or any valid reason for going outside, are being fined.
Kitchen markets in the capital were seen violating the government directives to run their business in open spaces. Health guidelines were also being ignored at some kitchen markets.
The number of small vehicles such as private cars, CNG-run auto-rickshaws and covered vans on the roads were fewer than that of the last two days. Some motorbikes and rickshaws were seen running on different roads and alleys.Policemen were seeing passing relaxed time at many check-posts set up in different parts of the capital as there was no queue of vehicles on the third day of the lockdown.
At Hatirjheel entry point near Bangladesh Film Development Corporation,
it was found that police were checking vehicles to know whether they have movement passes.
At Karwan Bazar, police were seen asking people through loudspeakers not to move around on the roads without any emergency.
A large number of people gathered in different areas, including Kalabagan and Panthapath areas, for Juma prayers.
Mobile courts in Sirajganj district fined a total of 571 people Tk 1.71 lakh in the last 11 days for violating health guidelines, said Executive Magistrate Faisal Ahmed.
Six mobile courts conducted drives in the Sirajganj district town and different upazilas of the district between Thursday morning and Friday night, he said.
During the operations, 24 cases were filed for not wearing masks and maintaining social distancing and keeping business open defying the lockdown, the official added.
The country went into an eight-day complete lockdown from April 14. During the lockdown, people's movement is strictly restricted, public and private offices will remain closed and public transports services will remain suspended. However, the factories and banks are in operation following the health guidelines.