Despite the ban on buses plying outside the city corporation area to prevent coronavirus infection, a different situation was witnessed in Dhaka on Wednesday morning. From dawn, buses carrying passengers from Savar and Dhamrai enter Dhaka and leave from Gabtoli bus stand for these areas. Savar and Dhamraigami buses with passengers were leaving Gabtoli bus terminal around 11:30 pm. At that time, on seeing the journalist, the police on duty became active and stopped the buses.
Police stopped the buses at the Gabtali cattle market. On the alternative route, some vehicles were seen crossing the bridge with the uterus under the Gabtali bridge. The buses took passengers from Aminbazar to Savar.
These buses from Savar enter Dhaka in the morning with passengers. Sick housewife Saleha Begum came to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University at 7 am on a Savar Paribahan bus to see a doctor. On the way back, he was taken off the bus. The bus was stopped.
A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “The instructions were not to allow buses to enter from outside the city, but we took a relaxed position considering the suffering of the people.” If more buses take to the streets with this opportunity, we become strict and regularly file lawsuits and fines for not obeying the law. ‘
Buses carrying passengers from Savar and Dhamrai enter Dhaka and leave from Gabtoli bus stand.
Buses carrying passengers from Savar and Dhamrai enter Dhaka and leave from Gabtoli bus stand. Photo: Ashraful Alam
Zahir Hossain, assistant driver of Savar Paribahan, said his bus was stopped around 12:30 pm. He came to Sadarghat from Savar around 8 in the morning. But on his way back, the police stopped him. Leave the car papers.
Meanwhile, the passengers coming from Savar faced extreme misery. Rickshaws, private cars, Laguna, open pickups are heading towards Savar at extra fare as they can.
Buses have started plying in Dhaka North and South, Chittagong, Gazipur, Narayanganj, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet, Barisal, Comilla, Rangpur and Mymensingh City Corporation areas as per government directives. However, long-distance public transport has been instructed to be stopped as usual.
Members of the law enforcement agencies have been patrolling the streets and creating public awareness to ensure that people do not roam unnecessarily during public holidays, do not form gatherings anywhere and maintain social distance.
But the general public is commenting that the enthusiasm has waned in the last few weeks as much as the police were working with enthusiasm at first.
People are saying that there is a sense of emptiness in the police and their surveillance activities have become quite relaxed.
As hard as it was for the police to patrol or operate checkpoints to get out of the house unnecessarily or to stop roaming the streets, people now think that it has gone down a lot.
And in the last few days, they feel that there has been a lax attitude in following the instructions to maintain social distance even among the people due to the relaxation of the activities of the police.
Some say that initially they did not dare to leave the house unnecessarily due to police interrogation and strict position, but now that the police surveillance has been relaxed, they are occasionally leaving the house without any need.
However, some feel that it is not the absence of police, but the opening of several mills last week and allowing some food shops to operate during Iftar during Ramadan that has led to a relaxation in human behavior.
And one group thinks that the coronavirus infection among police members is increasing day by day and they are not playing as active a role as they did in the beginning.
A reliable source in the Bangladesh Police said that as of May 2, about 750 members of the police had been infected with the coronavirus. Five of them died.
Besides, there are about one and a half thousand more members of Bangladesh Police in quarantine and isolation.