by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladeshi lawmen have arrested 320 more people for allegedly flouting lockdown rules on the second day of a nationwide shutdown imposed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, police said on Friday.
They were picked up from different parts of the capital Dhaka and charged for breaching the government order of stay indoors during the lockdown, Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman Iftekhairul Islam told reporters.
They had no valid reasons to go out, he said.
Mobile courts also imposed financial penalty against 208 others for the same reasons. 219 motor vehicles were also served tickets for plying on the city streets without permission. The traffic unit of the police realized 545,500 takas from them in fines.
On the first day on Thursday, the law enforcement agencies detained as many as 755 people for violating the rules of the lockdown, which was imposed shutting offices, shopping malls and transportations across Bangladesh.
The decision for strict shutdown was taken after the gradual surge in the Covid-19 infections and deaths in the last month with the arrival of super spreading Delta variant.
Army troopers, members of the Rapid Action Battalion and paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh were also patrolled the streets in Dhaka and other large cities.