Lockdown being strictly maintained in Nakla

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Md Musharaf Hossain, Sherpur:

The upazila administration, executive magistrates, RAB, police and BGB members and other law enforcement agencies were in a tough position to enforce the lockdown announced by the government in Nakla upazila of Sherpur district on the first day of the lockdown.

On Friday (July 23) as the first day of the lockdown all shops in Nakla Bazar were closed except for drug stores, food items, hotels and emergency services. However, pedestrians who were wandering the streets unnecessarily and who were not wearing masks have been fined by the mobile court.

As part of this, a fine of Tk 13,300 has been imposed in 21 cases conducted through a mobile court for falsifying the lockdown as per Section 269 of the Penal Code-1860. Moreover, masks have been distributed among those who did not come out with masks at the initiative of the upazila administration.

The court’s executive judge and upazila nirbahi officer Zahidur Rahman, assistant commissioner (land) and executive magistrate Kawsar Ahammed, assistant commissioner and executive magistrate Salauddin Biswas acted as judges.

At the time, Army officers and army members, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members and police members of Nakla police station were present.

To enforce the lockdown, upazila nirbahi officer Zahidur Rahman, assistant commissioner (land) and executive magistrate Kawsar Ahammed, assistant commissioner and executive magistrate Salauddin Biswas were instructions have been issued to make everyone aware and to wear masks to use the mike in different union of the upazila.

The executive judges of the mobile court said such operations would continue to enforce strict restrictions on the ongoing lockdown.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Zahidur Rahman said, “If public transport, especially CNG, auto-powered transport etc cannot be stopped, the tendency of people coming from far and wide will not decrease.” People come out unnecessarily. The ward committee and the law enforcement agencies could play an effective role in stopping public transport as per the government’s directives, he added.