A mobile court has imposed a fine of Tk 1,56,200 in 129 cases on the second day of the lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in Noakhali. On Tuesday, a mobile court conducted a day-long operation in nine upazilas of Noakhali to control the situation.According to the district administration, the district administration urged the general public to follow the hygiene rules including wearing masks. A campaign was launched to take appropriate legal action if the health rules were not followed. A fine of Tk 1,56,200 was imposed in 129 cases in Noakhali district for non-compliance with the directives issued by the cabinet department. During this time 1000 masks have been distributed among the people.
The mobile courts in the upazilas are run by the Upazila Nirbahi Officer and the Assistant Commissioner (Land). At the same time the operation was conducted under the leadership of executive magistrates in the district town.
Police and Ansar members assisted in running the mobile court. The district administration will continue to take steps to ensure that hygiene is followed to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.
A businessman named Salauddin Hridoy (24) was killed in a head-on collision between a covered van and a CNG-powered autorickshaw at Companyganj in Noakhali. The accident took place at Ulal Miah Tek near Dudhmukha Bazar in Daganbhuiyan on the border of Companiganj on Tuesday night.
Two more CNG passengers were seriously injured in the incident. They were rescued and admitted to Noakhali General Hospital. The injured are Mohammad Sagar (18) and Omar Farooq (35) of Charhazari Union.
The deceased was identified as Jamal Uddin Dulal Miah of Milewala Bari in Ward 1 of Charhazari Union of the upazila and he was trading in raw materials at Basurhat Bazar of the upazila.
Local UP member Enayet Hossain Chhotan said the autorickshaw collided head-on with a Basurhat-bound covered van coming from the opposite direction when it reached Ulal Mia Tech area of Daganbhuiyan on its way to Feni to buy wholesale vegetables from Hridoy Basurhat by CNG-powered autorickshaw. The heart died on the spot. Two more passengers of the CNG autorickshaw were injured.
Daganbhuiyan Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Imtiaz Ahmed said police recovered the body after receiving the news. The covered van was also seized.
Companiganj Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mir Jahedul Haque Rony said the police seized the covered van from the spot. Later, the vehicle was handed over to them as the accident site was Daganbhuiyan police station.
He said, “Since the beginning of March, experts have warned the government to take effective and strict measures, but the government has been busy organizing the festival.” The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has called on the government to take effective steps to deal with Corona by suspending the celebrations of the golden jubilee of independence and the party’s political and organizational activities in the wake of the horrific coronavirus outbreak.
The BNP leader said that although government ministers called for a lockdown, high-ranking government officials said it was not a lockdown, but some things had been banned. The two types of statements in the government about the lockdown are evidence of extreme lack of coordination. Which statement of the government will the people believe? As a result, whatever is said to be a lockdown or ban at the field level is not being implemented. The government has no initiative to make it effective.
The BNP organizing secretary said, “All these unplanned and unprepared measures, from low-income people to businessmen, employees, workers and employees, are all in a state of rage and confusion.” Traders, small traders, hawkers, shop workers and ordinary people are protesting all over the country. On the one hand, the awfulness of the Corona situation, on the other hand, the uncertainty of income-earning has lost the common people including traders, small traders, shop employees. One person was killed and several others were injured when police opened fire on protesters in Saltha, Faridpur, on April 5.
Prince said that on the one hand, the government is saying that mills, garment factories will remain open and public transport, markets and shopping malls will be closed due to the lockdown. Two days later, the government said that public transport would run only within the city corporations, but not from far-flung and upazilas to district towns. So the question is – how will the workers and employees go to the mill as per the announcement of the government? Moreover, is it possible to maintain social distance and work according to hygiene rules? Workers are not likely to be at risk? Is the directive to work with 50 percent manpower in the office-court being implemented at all?
BNP central leaders Abdus Salam Azad, Taiful Islam Tipu and others were present at the press conference.