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2nd Day of Lockdown

383 arrested, 137 people, 441 vehicles fined in capital

383 arrested, 137 people, 441 vehicles fined in capital
A usually busy street in the capital’s New Market area is seen almost empty on Saturday, the second day of the strict countrywide lockdown imposed to check further spread of the coronavirus. – SUN PHOTO

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  • Staff Correspondent
  • 25 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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As many as 383 people were arrested and 137 people and 441 vehicles fined in the capital on Saturday for violating the strict lockdown.

DMP Additional Deputy Commissioner (Media) Iftekharul Islam said that the people were arrested for coming out of homes without emergency and ignoring government restrictions.

“They were arrested from eight zones of the capital. Some 137 people were also fined Tk 95,230 by mobile courts during the period.

Besides this, DMP traffic department fined 441 vehicles Tk 10,83,000.

According to police, the people were arrested from Ramna, Lalbag, Motijheel, Tejgaon, Mirpur, Uttara and Gulshan areas.

Police have set up check posts at different places across the capital to enforce the lockdown properly. Mobile courts are also being conducted.    Army personnel were seen at different check posts, asking people to wear masks.

However, the number of rickshaws has increased on the roads on the second day of the strict lockdown.

Although rickshaw-pullers were exempted, police were seen stopping the vehicles and interrogating them. Many have been able to get out of need, but some have been seen returning.

The kitchen markets of the capital are open like usual days. However, the number of buyers is relatively low. Although shops were closed on the main roads, shops in alleys were seen trading.

Hundreds of people were seen crossing Aminbazar Bridge and entering Dhaka on foot on Saturday morning. Almost everyone on the way has to face the police.

According to the government order, ferries have been kept ready for emergency service vehicles. However, some passengers and other vehicles are also boarding the ferries along with the emergency service vehicles. But when they came to Shimulia, they faced trouble for not getting cars. They have to walk.

Louhjong Upazila Assistant Commissioner (Land) Kauser Hamid said, “We’re allowing emergency services or goods trucks to cross. We’re not allowing anyone to move without a logical reason.”

“We’ve set up check posts and are implementing the lockdown strictly. We also fined people who broke the rules,” he added.

A mobile court has fined a plastic factory in Gazipur for keeping the factory open in defiance of strict coronavirus restrictions.

The government will enforce the nationwide strict restrictions till August 5 with restrictions on movement and closure of all offices, mass transports, shops and industries to contain coronavirus infections.

The country reported 195 fatalities and 6,780 new corona cases on Saturday, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

As of now, the total number of deaths has reached 19,046 while the caseload stands at 1,153,344.