Many dists, cities, places across Bangladesh put on lockdown

Tapos Kanti Das | Published: 00:50, Apr 08,2020 | Updated: 21:47, Apr 08,2020


Policemen stand guard in front of an area put under lockdown as a precaution to stop the spread of coronavirus at Tolarbagh of Mirpur in the capital on Tuesday. — Sony Ramany

The local administrations and people locked down newer places in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country on Tuesday, a day after the prime minister directed bringing under a total lockdown the areas where coronavirus patients would be found.

The new areas that came under lockdown include parts of Mohammadpur, Lalbagh and Maniknagar in Dhaka, the Narayanganj, Mymensingh and Tangail districts and places of Jashore, Chuadanga and Rajbari while the administration imposed strict restrictions on the movement of people and vehicles and opening of shops in the cities of Barishal, Chattogram, Khulna and Rajshshi.

In Dhaka, police imposed lockdown in areas around Tajmahan Road, Rajia Sultana Road, Babar Road, Bachhila and in front of Krishi Market in Mohammadpur, Dhaka Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Rawshanul Huq said.

He said that they slapped the lockdown on Tuesday as per instructions from the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research.

Police said that they, after the death of a coronavirus-positive patient, imposed lockdown in Bhat Masjid area.

The locals imposed lockdown at Kata Goli and Miachand Goli of Maniknagar, locals said.

Besides, the law enforcement agencies were seen patrolling the city to stop people from moving aimlessly, opening shops at alleys after 2:00pm and kitchen markets after 7:00pm.

The New Age correspondent in Mymensingh reported that the district’s deputy commissioner, Mizanur Rahman, after attending a meeting at his conference room, announced lockdown in the district.

The administration and law enforcement agencies would strictly enforce the lockdown to keep people at home, the DC said.

The New Age Correspondent in Tangail reported that Tangail’s deputy commissioner Md Shahidul Islam, after a meeting with the district council chairman and local lawmakers as well as top district officials, announced lockdown in the district.

He said that check-posts  would be set up at all entry and exit points of the district town as well as bordering areas of the district to prevent people from entering and leaving the area.

The Barishal New Age Correspondent reported that the district administration on Tuesday banned entry to and exit from Barishal city.

Barishal DC SM Ajiar Rahman said that no vehicle, barring medicine and food carrying ones, would be allowed to move on the city roads and the shops on main roads were asked to close by 7:00pm.

Except medicine shops, all types of shops including food shops, kitchen markets, grocery shops in all branch roads and alleys were asked to shut by 2:00pm, he added.

Similar restrictions were imposed in Chattogram, Khulna and Rajshahi cities Monday evening, reports received from the districts said.

The New Age Staff Correspondent in Chattgram reported that the movement of residents, especially the gathering of young people in different lanes of the port city, was controlled after the Chattogram Metropolitan Police imposed restrictions on the movement of individuals and all types of transports.

The New Age Staff Correspondent in Sylhet reported that residents of Lamabazar, Manipuri Para, Boro Bazar at Ambarkhana, Shibganj, Laldighit Par Manipuri Para, Londony Road and Kolapara in Subidbazar, Karer Para, Naya Sarak Missionary Gali, Bagbari and Khanbari in Dakshin Surma in the city imposed lockdown in their areas to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection.

In Jashore, local youths imposed lockdown at Boalia and Nawapara villages under Bagharpara upazila and closed all the six entrances to their villages on Tuesday, United News of Bangladesh reported.

UNB also reported that police on Tuesday closed all three entrances from Chuadanga and Rajbari to the district.

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