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Law enforcers ‘in action mode’

Published : 17 Apr 2020 09:45 PM | Updated : 05 Sep 2020 07:13 AM

In the wake of violation of government’s instruction of stay at home, law enforcers on Friday went on ‘action mode’ after the health ministry had declared whole Bangladesh risky for coronavirus outbreak on Thursday. They are using drone cameras to find spots where people gather unnecessarily, detaining people, seizing motorbikes, lodging cases and giving various types of punishments to ensure people stay at their homes.

In Chuadanga, law enforcers have taken tougher position to ensure people stay at their homes. Members of the law enforcement agencies were on action mode at different entry points of the district. They seized huge numbers of motor bikes who were on the streets ignoring government instructions. Some people were beaten mildly for violating the rules of maintaining physical distancing.

Besides police, members of Bangladesh Army intensified their patrols in different areas of the district. They were seen urging people to stay at their homes using loud speakers. Executive Magistrates fined at least fifty five people in connection with violatingthe government order for staying at homes. Talking to this correspondent over phone, Chuadanga Deputy Commissioner Nazrul Islam said, “Now there is no scope to show reluctance. We are in tougher position to keep people stay at their homes.” Law enforcement agencies will take measures whatever they think necessary to implement government’s order, he vowed.

In Satkhira, police personnel are using drone cameras to find the people who come out of their homes without any emergency reasons. Local sources said Satkhira police started using drones from Friday morning. Using drone cameras, they are finding the spots where people gather unnecessarily. They are taking action whenever they find any tea stalls remain open, any people chatting on the intersections of local roads and bazaars.

Inspector Sheikh Monir-ulGias, officer-in-charge of Kolorowa Police Station said, “We have started using drones to identify the people who are violating government’s instruction to stay at home.” Satkhira SP MdMostafizur Rahman said, “We shall continue our drives to find the people who are not following physical distance.”

In Borgona, police detained around two hundred people who came out of their homes without any important reasons. Local sources said police raided Borgona Bazar this morning. As they failed to show the valid reasons of coming out of their homes, police inflicted different types of punishments on them. They were forced to remain seating on BorgonaSadar road in the district for several hours.

Talking to this correspondent, Additional SP (Sadar Circle) MdShajahanHossian said, “Government declared whole Bangladesh as risky. But still many people are not staying at their homes. This is why we are conducting raids in different areas.” After detaining some people, we forced them to remain seating on the streets for over two hours as a punishment, he added.

He told that after they had committed to stay home, they were released. Talking to the Bangladesh Post, Assistant Inspector General (Media and Publications) of Police Headquarters Mir Sohel Rana said, “After declaration of whole Bangladesh risky for coronavirus outbreak, we have instructed all operational units to intensify monitoring.” Police will take action, if people ignore rules of maintaining physical distance in a bid to resist coronavirus outbreaks across the country, he warned.