Dhaka and other cities of the country wore a deserted look on Thursday as people refrained from going out home without emergency on the first-day of a seven-day strict lockdown which was enforced to check the surge of coronavirus.
Law enforcement agencies put barricades and set up check posts in different places of the country to compel people to stay at homes.The streets of the capital looked deserted as public and private transport went off the roads.
But, vehicles of government and emergency services, goods-laden vans and rickshaws were found plying.
Members of armed forces and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were patrolling different areas of the capital.
Police remained vigilant to enforce the lockdown across the country while 106 executive magistrates were in the field to monitor the enforcement of the lockdown.
To enforce restrictions, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) put barricade and set up check posts in different places of the capital, including Bijoy Sarani, Ramna, Farmgate, Lalbagh, Shahbag, Motijheel, Dhanmondi, Wari, Motijheel, Tejgaon, Banani, Mirpur, Gulshan and Uttara.
Amid strict restrictions, some people came out home on different excuses, compelling the magistrates and lawmen to file cases, make arrest and realise fine.Law enforcers arrested some 550 people for breaking rules. Some 274 cases were filed for bringing private vehicles on roads. They also fined them Tk 492, 570.
Although law enforcement agencies were active on highways and at important points, some alleyways were left unregulated.
DMP Commissioner Shafiqul Islam told the media that no one is allowed to move on the roads. The government has imposed the restrictions as the numbers of deaths and infections increased by leaps and bounds. In the last 24 hours till Thursday morning, a record number of 143 people died of Covid-19 across the country and 8,301 others were tested positive.
All government, non-government and autonomous organisations remained closed. Even the Secretariat looked deserted as most of the ministerial offices remained off.
Shopping malls, shops remained closed, but some people were seen in the kitchen markets to buy essentials.
A mobile court, led by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), fined some people Tk 7,000 as they came out home.
Of them, a person was fined for buying something, but shops were remained closed, a biker was fined for taking co-passengers as the government banned carrying of co-passengers during the restrictions.
Dhaka North City Corporation conducted six mobile courts, fining people Tk 52,000 and filing 12 cases.
Dhaka South City Corporation also conducted mobile court drives in Gulistan, Nilkhet, Dhanmondi and nearby areas.
Mobile court drives were also conducted across the country. A mobile court in Faridpur fined a Swapno super shop Tk 38,000.
In Chattogram, some 21 people were detained for two hours as they came out home to see the situation of lockdown and later police released them, undertaking from the detainees. Some cases have been filed against 10 private cars and five cars were seized.