Law enforcers, including police and RAB, continue taking punitive measures against lockdown rule-breakers through arrest and fine in the capital and elsewhere in the country.
They nabbed a total of 587 people from different areas of the capital on charges of breaching restrictions on Sunday, the third day of the 14-day nationwide strict lockdown.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) ADC (media) Iftekhairul Islam confirmed the figures.
Despite the fact that people are being arrested and fined, many continue to show a total disregard for health guidelines.
“I think that there should be volunteers in different places to make sure people abide by health rules. You can’t lower the infection rate by just announcing a lockdown,” a police officer said.
On the day, police, RAB, Border Guard Bangladesh and army personnel set up barricades and checkpoints in all important points of the city to monitor the traffic movement as well as people.
As some government and private banks opened on Sunday, a number of people were out into the streets under the pretext that they were going to the banks. Besides, a large number of vehicles were seen plying across streets. Many were compelled to pay double the usual rickshaw fare to get about amid the lockdown. They were spotted going to office by rickshaw, motorbike and private car and many walked miles to reach their destinations.
On the day, people were still returning to the capital from their home villages through the entry points, Gabtoli and Jatrabari.
Long lines of people were also noticed behind TCB trucks selling subsidised lentils, sugar and oil.
“Please stand further apart from each other,” a worker on a TCB truck told customers queuing in Shantinagar. “There’s enough for you all. But if you stand so close together, you’ll get coronavirus.”
There was more activity in the alleys and localities. Some stores were open after trading hours, but shopkeepers closed their shops once they sensed the presence of police.