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Covidiots facing music

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Covidiots  facing music

The government is conducting mobile courts across the country to fine people for not wearing masks in public places.

Drivers of public transports are also being fined for inability to show certificates of COVID-19 vaccination.

The government has taken the move as the numbers of COVID infection and death cases are rising across the country.

During a visit to different areas in the capital on Wednesday, it was seen that people of  Badda, Vatara,  Uttara, Rampura were boarding buses, visiting kitchen markets, and going to work without wearing mask on flimsy pretext.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and Dhaka District Administration conducted at least five mobile courts in different areas.

DMP conducted a mobile court at Malibag area in the capital and fined 14 persons Tk 4,400 for committing offence under section 269 of penal code.   DMP Executive Magistrate Sanjeev Das conducted the drive.

The government issued 11-point directives amid spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

According to the directives, mask use has been made mandatory in shops, shopping malls, bazaars, hotels and restaurants, and all public gatherings. In case of violation of the rules, offenders have to face legal action, the magistrate said.

Use of facemask by pedestrians and compliance of hygiene rules in public transports are being checked, the magistrate added.

A bus driver was fined Tk 1,000 for not having a vaccination card and not wearing a facemask.

Four executive magistrates conducted mobile courts in Dhaka district, including the capital, and filed cases against 30 people on Wednesday. A total of Tk 12,000 was collected as fine.

Eight mobile courts filed 81 cases in eight places on Tuesday and fined Tk 16,550.