Police block capital's entry, exit points

Special Correspondent

25 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Law enforcers have intensified efforts to make effective the special lockdown imposed on seven districts to cut off the capital and check the spread of coronavirus.

Police took position and set up check posts on roads and highways in the districts on Thursday to prevent public movement to and from the capital.

The law enforcers sent back many vehicles carrying passengers to and from the capital.

As the corona situation is gradually turning for the worse, policemen are struggling to make people abide by health guidelines across the country.

Amid the restrictions, thousands of people enter the capital from corona hotpots every day. Many also leave Dhaka.

The government has imposed lockdowns on Manikganj, Munshiganj, Narayanganj, Gazipur, Rajbari, Madaripur and Gopalganj until June 30.

Long-distance bus, train and launch services between the capital and other parts of the capital have been suspended due to the lockdowns.

As part of preventive measures, police have set up check posts on the city entry and exit points, including Gabtali, Abdullahpur, Jatrabari and Kadamtali.

Despite this, many people are still entering the capital in small vehicles on various excuses. Hundreds of people are also leaving the capital in the same way.

The government announced a nine-day lockdown in Narayanganj, Gazipur, Munshiganj, Manikganj, Madaripur, Rajbari and Gopalganj districts, starting on Tuesday, in view of an alarming surge in a Covid cases across the country.

In Gazipur, notwithstanding the lockdown restrictions, several shops remained open in the district on Thursday.

Many CNG-run auto-rickshaws and e-rickshaws were also seen plying in Gazipur.

Inter-district buses stayed off the roads but that did not deter the daily commuters from travelling to the capital via Dhaka-Mymensingh and Dhaka-Tangail highways.

These people paid extra fares to travel to the capital by CNG-run auto-rickshaws.

Experts feared that lockdown will not come into effect if banks, offices and factories are allowed to remain open. The local administration has taken several measures to ensure strict lockdown in Gazipur. Moreover, mobile courts have been constituted to penalise violators.

In the last three days, 17 mobile court drives have been conducted and they have lodged 112 cases and collected a fine of Tk 1.44 lakh from people for violating safety protocols.

Meanwhile, authorities on Thursday also imposed a weeklong lockdown in nine upazilas of Bagerhat to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The lockdown will remain in force until June 30.

The decision to enforce the lockdown was taken at an emergency virtual meeting of District Coronavirus Prevention Committee on Tuesday, presided over by deputy commissioner Mohammad Azizur Rahman.

There will be strict restrictions on public movement in the upazilas. No vehicles will be allowed to ply on the roads during the lockdown.

However, emergency service vehicles will remain out of the purview of the restrictions.

Mobile courts will penalise the violators, while the volunteer force will keep a tab on the ward and union levels in the district.

Authorities have extended the ongoing lockdown in the Rajshahi city by one more week as the Covid-19 situation deteriorated in the city.

All connectivity to the city from different upazilas will remain suspended till July 1.

Rajshahi Deputy Commissioner Abdul Jalil confirmed the mater on Wednesday after a meeting of the district administration.

A seven-day lockdown was first imposed in Rajshahi on June 11. The lockdown was scheduled to end on Thursday midnight.

Authorities have extended the ongoing lockdown in Rajshahi city by one more week as the Covid-19 situation deteriorated in the city.

All connectivity to the city from different upazilas will remain suspended until July 1.

Rajshahi Deputy Commissioner Abdul Jalil confirmed the matter on Wednesday after a meeting of the district administration.

A seven-day lockdown was first imposed in Rajshahi on June 11. The lockdown was scheduled to end on Thursday midnight.

 


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