The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will conduct special operations in neighborhoods across the country to ensure compliance with the seven-day strict lockdown imposed by the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Khandaker Al Moin, director of RAB's law and media wing, gave this information at a press conference at Russell Square intersection in Dhanmondi in the capital.
He said that even though there is less unnecessary movement of people on the main roads due to strict lockdown, there is a jam in the neighborhoods throughout the day. In this reality, RAB has decided to conduct operations across the country.
A strict lockdown, known as the shutdown, began in the country on July 1 to contain the second wave of coronavirus infections. The shutdown will continue till July 7 midnight.
In this restriction, all public and private offices are closed except for emergency services.
Law enforcement and security forces are on the ground to implement the shutdown.
The police arrested 550 people on the first day and 320 on the second day in the capital for going out for unreasonable reasons. Meanwhile, 182 people were fined 1 lakh 32 thousand 395 rupees on Thursday and 213 people were fined 2 lakh 15 thousand 540 rupees on Friday.
On June 30, the Cabinet Department issued a notification announcing a seven-day strict lockdown across the country. 21 point instructions have been given in the notification. According to this new directive, all government, semi-government, autonomous and private offices will remain closed. Public transport (including domestic flights) by road, rail and waterways will remain closed for all mechanized vehicles. However, only vehicles for ambulance and medical work will be allowed to ply. The notification also informed that the media will be exempted from this restriction.