Movement of people rises on city streets

Special Correspondent

7 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Despite police check posts and punitive measures in most of the city’s entry points and intersections, a large number of people with small vehicles still gather on the streets, defying lockdown restrictions.

Traffic congestion was seen in some places of the capital on Tuesday as movement of rickshaws and cars increased on different streets.

People thronged different areas, including Agargaon, Bosila, Mohammadpur, Asadgate, Farmgate and Karwan Bazar.

Many passengers have to pay higher rickshaw fare than normal to reach their destinations amid the lockdown.

Lawyer Fakir Mohammad Mehedy, who came to the High Court (HC) on Tuesday morning to prepare urgent case documents, said he had to pay three times more than the usual fare.

The law enforcement agencies, including police and RAB, were seen patrolling different roads in the capital on Tuesday and checking documents of vehicles by setting up a number of check posts at several crucial points.

Despite a vigilant position by the law enforcers, the numbers of both people and vehicles were more on the streets than the previous days.

Meanwhile, as part of the strict measures, police picked up over 30 people from in front of Rajuk Bhaban in the capital for violating Covid-19 restrictions and health guidelines on Tuesday, the sixth day of the countrywide weeklong "strict lockdown".

Police said they will release the arrestees after giving them a briefing on the government-imposed restrictions and health guidelines.

Assistant Police Commissioner of Motijheel Zone Abul Hasan, who was present there, told the journalists: "We will make them aware and release them after they assure us that they won't violate the rules again."

"This can be considered an awareness campaign," he added.

The detainees were seen squatting on the footpath. This is their "punishment", police said. The law enforcers will take tougher action against those who violate rules from tomorrow, they said. 

Like previous days, rickshaws are still dominating Dhaka streets. Some private cars, microbus and motorbikes are also plying the roads.

Police set up check-posts at important points, including Tejgaon, Shahbagh and Palashir Mor, and they were seen interrogating commuters on their reasons for being out. The government imposed a seven-day lockdown from July 1 to stem the increasing Covid-19 infections across the country.

Later on Monday, the time of the ongoing strict lockdown has been extended for another week until July 14 midnight.