POST TIME: 6 April, 2020 00:00 00 AM
Law enforcers restrict Dhaka entrance, exit

Law enforcers
restrict  Dhaka entrance, exit

The police yesterday placed restrictions on people entering and exiting the capital. The inspector general of police (IGP), Mohammad Javed Patwary, ordered the forces to follow the new guidelines provided by home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal. sEmergency services

will remain outside the purview of these restrictions, said assistant inspector general (AIG) of media and public relations Md Sohel Rana at the police headquarters.

 Thousands of people had travelled to Dhaka from Savar, Manikganj, Barishal, Mymensingh, Gazipur, and other parts of the country amid the nationwide shutdown.

These were mainly people from the low-income group, many of whom identified themselves as workers in the garments industry. They swarmed the Dhaka–Aricha and Nabinagar–Chandra highways as garments factories were supposed to open on Sunday.

They arrived there on crowded trucks and pick-up vans.

Images of the desperate workers on the move shocked many, even as the government is enforcing a shutdown to maintain social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak.

On Saturday night, the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) had urged its members to keep their factories closed until April 11 in line with the government’s shutdown order. A statement from the police headquarters said that the police were working to ensure the implementation of social distancing as per the government’s directions. Other than the emergency services, which are required for the smooth functioning of the daily life of citizens, all individual and group movements are prohibited, it added.  “With the exception of emergency services, we are not allowing people to enter or leave Dhaka until further notification from the government,” the statement announced.

The police sought cooperation from citizens and all concerned to ensure proper implementation of the government’s directives and health instructions.

Media and public relations AIG Md Sohel Rana told The Independent that the police are mainly focused on spreading awareness among the people. “All police personnel are on the roads to implement the government’s directions,” he said.

“To ensure social distancing, we are approaching people with tolerance and respect. We are checking whether people are on the streets without any emergency or daily necessities. If people gather together, we are taking legal steps against them,” he added.

 The government initially declared a public holiday from March 26 to April 4 in all offices and educational institutions. Later, the holiday period was extended till April 14.

The holiday is an attempt to keep everyone at home and ensure social distancing for at least two weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

During this time, public gatherings and other activities are banned. Army personnel have already been deployed to ensure the observance of the directive. The police and the administration are working together to spread awareness among the people.