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Lockdown was not observed anywhere in Keraniganj

The first day of the seven-day lockdown announced by the government was not observed anywhere in Dhaka’s Keraniganj on Monday. Long-distance bus services have been suspended but CNG-powered autorickshaws, battery-powered rickshaws and easybikes continue to operate as before. Most of the malls and shop owners opened their shops.

In the afternoon, Keraniganj upazila administration conducted operations in different areas of the upazila. Upazila Assistant Commissioner (Land) and Executive Magistrate Kamrul Hasan Sohel led the operation. During the operation, Lion Shoppers World in Kadamtali area of ​​Keraniganj, Family Shopping Mall in Jinjira area, Rohitpur, Abdullahpur and some shops in Rajabari area were ordered to be closed. Each of the three shop owners in Rohitpur area of ​​Keraniganj was fined Tk 1,500 each for disobeying government orders. Besides, five people were arrested and fined Tk 500 for not wearing masks.

Although long-distance bus services have been suspended in Keraniganj, CNG-powered autorickshaws, battery-powered rickshaws and easybikes are running as before. Most of the malls and shop owners opened their shops.
However, Enayet Karim Chowdhury, vice-president of the Lions Shoppers World Business and Shop Owners Association, claimed to Prothom Alo, “I am doing business in accordance with the government’s 16-point mask and hygiene rules to prevent corona infection.”

Even though there are no buyers, the shopkeepers keep the clothing market and shops of Keraniganj Garments Village open. Monday afternoon at East Agangar area of ​​Keraniganj
Even though there are no buyers, the shopkeepers keep the clothing market and shops of Keraniganj Garments Village open. The first light in the East Agangar area of ​​Keraniganj on Monday afternoon
Several areas of Keraniganj including Jinjira, Agangar, Kadamtali, Charkaliganj, Chunkutia, Atibazar, Hasnabad, Ikuria, Rohitpur were visited. Most of the raw markets were crowded. There is no shortage of hygiene among the people in the market. Most of the people who came to the market did not have face masks. In the morning, some traders were seen continuing their business in different areas. There were also gatherings of people as a few tea shops were kept open.

Traders and shopkeepers are being repeatedly urged to close markets and shops. But they are not obeying it.
Muslim Dhali, General Secretary, Keraniganj Garments Traders and Shop Owners Cooperative Society
Meanwhile, Agangar Union Parishad (UP) chairman Jahangir Shah was seen visiting a garment market in Keraniganj in the East Agangar area at noon to raise awareness among shopkeepers, employees and locals about hygiene and wearing masks.

Agangar UP Chairman Jahangir Shah Khushi launched an awareness campaign to keep shops closed and locals to abide by hygiene rules. Monday afternoon at East Agangar area of ​​Keraniganj
Agangar UP Chairman Jahangir Shah Khushi launched an awareness campaign to keep shops closed and locals to abide by hygiene rules. The first light in the East Agangar area of ​​Keraniganj on Monday afternoon
UP Chairman Jahangir Shah said the government has announced a lockdown across the country from today. People and traders are being repeatedly urged to abide by the hygiene rules. But they are not obeying it.

Abul Kalam, a resident of Chunkutia area, said today is the first day of the government’s announcement of lockdown. Whether the lockdown will last for seven days or not is not certain. That is why he has come to the market to buy daily necessities. He added that since the announcement of the government’s lockdown, the prices of essential commodities have gone up in the market. The administration should monitor these issues in the interest of the people.

Ignoring the lockdown, the goods of Keraniganj Garments Village are being brought and taken. Monday in the East Agangar area of ​​Keraniganj
Ignoring the lockdown, the goods of Keraniganj Garments Village are being brought and taken. The first light in the East Agangar area of ​​Keraniganj on Monday
Muslim Dhali, general secretary of the Garment Traders and Shop Owners Cooperative Society in Keraniganj, said the government had announced the closure of all garment markets and shops in the garment village last Sunday. But some shopkeepers and traders have opened the shop ignoring the instructions. But no buyer has been seen. He added that traders and shopkeepers have been repeatedly urged to close markets and shops. But they are not obeying it.

Keraniganj Upazila Assistant Commissioner (Land) and Executive Magistrate Kamrul Hasan Sohel said shops could not be kept open by disobeying government directives. Everyone has to move after wearing the mask according to the hygiene rules. Lion Shoppers World in Kadamtali area of ​​Keraniganj, Family Shopping Mall in Jinjira area, Rohitpur, Abdullahpur and some shops in Rajabari area have been ordered to be closed today.

Keraniganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Amit Dev Nath said the government has instructed to keep shops and shops closed during the lockdown. Legal action will be taken against the shops which have been kept open without complying with the hygiene rules.

The clothing market and shops of Keraniganj Garments Village were open. Monday in the East Agangar area of ​​Keraniganj
The clothing market and shops of Keraniganj Garments Village were open. The first light in the East Agangar area of ​​Keraniganj on Monday
Meanwhile, passenger launch movement in Dhaka River Port Sadarghat Terminal area has been suspended since 6 am. No launch was anchored at the terminal’s pontoon. The terminal area was found uninhabited.

Inland shipping companyBabu Ghazi, a member of the company and owner of Gazi Launches, said passenger launches on 41 routes in the south, including the Dhaka River Port Sadarghat Terminal, have been suspended as per government directives. Passenger launches will remain closed until further notice from the government.

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