Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has first ever declared that they will apply the Penal Code’s Section 269 to bring violators of the rules of the strict lockdown to book.
DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam came up with the declaration at a press briefing at the DMP media centre on Mintoo Road in the capital on Wednesday.“If anybody comes to street from Thursday without emergency, police will arrest him or her and file a case under the Penal Code-1860’s Section 269. Motor vehicles will not be allowed to ply except those engaged in emergency services.”
The officer said they are going to file cases under Section 269 for the first time.
Section 269 states, “Whoever unlawfully or negligently does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine, or with both.”
Shafiqul, also additional inspector general of police, said, “Police will be on the streets. If any motor vehicle is found operating on the street, a case will be filed.” The DMP commissioner said, “Journalists and workers of mass media can run their motor vehicles, showing their professional ID cards to police,” he said.
On the movement of international flights’ passengers, he said they could use motor transport, showing their passports and air tickets.
On the operating of private cars, he said no private cars could be plied. “Even, owners of industries will have to travel by rickshaws,” he said.The senior police officer said cops would remain in a hard line during the seven-day lockdown, aiming to keep the city-dwellers safe from Covid-19.
He explained that the arrests would go beyond 5,000 on the first day of the complete lockdown unless the rules are abided by.
The policemen under the DMP would conduct activities in a co-ordination with the members of Bangladesh Army and Border Guard Bangladesh.
Shafiqul said shopping malls, community centres and shops would remain closed, but kitchen markets to be opened on the streets maintaining health rules.
He said hotels and restaurants would remain open, but none could eat foods sitting in those.