Law enforcers intensified their vigilance by setting up check posts on roads in the capital and elsewhere in the country on Wednesday to check the growing surge of coronavirus.
Police, RAB and army personnel intercepted unnecessary crowds and vehicles on the city streets on the seventh day of the 14-day countrywide lockdown.
Security forces were found patrolling the streets as movement of people and small vehicles increased in many places.
Law enforcers arrested 1,102 people in the capital on the day on charges of breaking the lockdown and health safety rules.
Besides this, mobile courts fined 245 people Tk 171980 on the same charges. The traffic department also charged and fined 804 vehicles Tk 18.68 lakh.The numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths have already surpassed all previous records after the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant across the country.
But, people are not heeding the advice of experts to follow health rules. Many of them do not like wearing masks.
Huge crowds were seen in many parts of the capital, including Rampura, Mouchak, Malibagh, Mirpur, Mohammadpur, New Market, Azimpur, Lalbagh, Kellarmor, Bakshibazar, Pallashi and Lalbagh intersection areas.
“In most cases, people are giving sufficient reason to allow them to pass. Those who do not are questioned carefully,” a policeman said.
The authorities advised people through loudspeakers in Rampura Bazar, Shantinagar Bazar and Kakrail to stay at home and wear masks.
Rickshaws and cars crowded the checkpoints in Malibagh and Kakrail and law enforcers fined many drivers for the violation of lockdown rules.
Police and RAB personnel were seen taking position in different parts of the capital on Wednesday. They were seen monitoring the movement of vehicles and people after setting up check posts in the capital.
They were asking people why they got out of home. Those who were failing to show the 'movement pass' or any valid reason of going out were being fined.
However, kitchen markets were found violating the government directives as they are not seen running their business in open spaces. Besides this, some were seen ignoring health guidelines.
The numbers of private cars, CNG-run auto-rickshaws and covered vans on the roads were more than the previous days. There were motorbikes and rickshaws available on roads and alleys.
At Karwan Bazar in the capital, police made an announcement through loudspeakers not to move around on the roads without any emergency.