Despite the suspension of long route public movement, an earnest request from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and for the sake of people’s own health safety, is it that mandatory to go home half walking, quarter hanging on ferries and a quarter in a cage-like three-wheeler?
For the last three days, even after government directives and a noble cause for the nation’s safety, people didn’t stop attempting to go home with risk on roads.
The public buses on long routes remained suspended, police check posts were set in different spots on highways, but was it really possible to make the people understand the real fact or stop them from leaving for village home?
On the very morning on Monday, the ferries at Paturia ghat had no way without taking people, small vehicles to other side of the Padma river since it was already overcrowded.
On Sunday, angry people waiting to cross Padma river, chased journalists who were broadcasting them live.
On Monday morning, people got further desperate to go home for Eid-ul-Fitr and started flocking at the Paturia ferry ghat despite ferry services suspension.
Ferries were assigned to take only ambulances and vehicles with deadbodies across the river but were seen carrying private cars and commuters as well.
On Monday morning, a crowded ferry carrying two ambulances, a few small cars left the Paturia ghat for Daulatdia around 8:15am while another left at around 8:45am.
The same way, two ferries also arrived at Patruia from Daulatdia around 9am, reports a daily newspaper.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged people not to put their near and dear ones’ lives into threat rushing to village homes to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.
PM Sheikh Hasina said “I know people are rushing towards villages. But you may come in contact with the coronavirus on ferry or in vehicle on your way and you bring it to your family, father-mother, grandfather-grandmother, brother-sister and others. You can infect them and put their lives in risk.”
Earlier on Saturday evening (May 8), the Government deployed the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on the Paturia-Daulatdia and Shimulia-Banglabazar routes in Manikganj and Munshiganj to regulate and restrict public movement fearing high spread of COVID-19 infections in Bangladesh.
However, on the following days after BGB deployment, thousands of people left Dhaka and thronged ferry ghats to go to their native places to celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr.
Who knows, what comes next?
Does this very nature of the people of Bangladesh put the whole nation at risk? This is indeed a question of time. We have seen India’s situation deteriorated within first three weeks in April. Now the neighboring country witnesses the world record of infections and deaths.
We can apparently blame the Indian political leaders, policy makers, high officials for the intensity of COVID-19 situation and deaths.
The world came forward to help India, but still the situation seems unstoppable and the cases are jumping mathematically there.
Bangladesh has already seen an abrupt rise in COVID-19 case before the ongoing movement restriction. As soon as the nationwide lockdown was imposed in the first week of April, the situation started developing.
According to health experts, the panic in April was all about for UK and African variant. Now who knows, if Indian coronavirus variant spreads in Bangladesh, can take the country to which point of health situation?
Who will stop people from celebrating Eid-ul-fitr or coming out unnecessarily and infect others? Can really the government do anything or not? What do you think? Can really an armed-forces stop people from doing such nonsense? A million-dollar question for a nation emerged from dire poverty to a developing country now.