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People, vehicles crowd city roads during lockdown

People, vehicles crowd city roads during lockdown

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  • Special Correspondent
  • 30 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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People and vehicles in large number crowed the streets in the capital and elsewhere in the country despite presence of the members of different law enforcement agencies at checkpoints across the country.

Mobile courts with the members of the law enforcement agencies also arrested and fined the violators of the lockdown rules in the capital and elsewhere in the country.

Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested 568 people on charges of violating lockdown rules from different parts of the capital on Wednesday. The mobile courts fined 206 people Tk 3,40,100 on the same charges.

 Traffic department also fined 431 vehicles Tk 9,97,500, DMP sources said on Thursday.

The number of vehicles and people increased substantially on the city streets on Thursday, the seventh day of the 14-day strict lockdown.

Many people were seen coming out and wandering without any valid reason while health protocols are hardly maintained in most cases.

However, the movement of private vehicles has increased as many private offices have arranged vehicles for the movement of their own staff.

But public transport stayed off the roads as per the directives of the government.

People were seen reaching their destinations by rickshaws as it is available during the lockdown.

Traffic inspector Asaduzzaman said: “The number of vehicles is increasing day by day. We’re checking every vehicle.”

“Those who failed to justify their outdoor movement are fined and cases lodged for violating lockdown rules,” he said.

Police, RAB and army personnel were seen intercepting vehicles and its passengers by setting up checkpoints at different parts of the capital including its entry and exit points on Thursday.  

The members of the law enforcement agencies were seen stopping the vehicles and people at Karwan Bazar, Dhanmondi, Shukrabad, Shyamoli, Khilgaon, Mirpur, Motijheel, Gulistan, Babubazar, Sayedabad, Malibagh, Gulshan, Badda and  Shahbagh areas.