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Anti-mosquito drive: DNCC to apply penal code on citizens creating obstacles

  • Published at 09:44 pm August 21st, 2019
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DNCC Mayor Md Atiqul Islama addresses a meeting, to review the mosquito destruction activity and cleanliness situation of the city, at the Spectra Convention Centre in Dhaka's Gulshan area on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The penal code allows a magistrate to give maximum of six months in jail

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam has said they are facing obstacles to enter houses during the combing operation against the aedes mosquito. 

To get rid of these obstructions, city corporation will apply the penal code on such house owners who create problems for government servants to perform their duty.

The mayor made the announcement in a meeting, to review the mosquito destruction activity and cleanliness situation of the city, at the Spectra Convention Centre in Dhaka's Gulshan area on Wednesday.

The mayor said : "On first day of the drive [Tuesday], a house owner did not allow us inside and made us wait for 45 minutes. They even stopped the elevator of the building.

"Later, we forcefully entered the house and found mosquito larvae there. We then decided to apply some articles of the penal code in situations like this."

The mayor added: "To provide protection against the communicable  disease, we are allowed to apply some article of the penal code, scheduled in mobile court act, in case we face obstructions."

A magistrate from the DNCC said, the one who stopped the elevator during the operation was later sent to jail.

The penal code allows a magistrate to give maximum of six months in jail to anyone who commits such kind of offence, the magistrate added.

Local Government and Rural Development ( LGRD) Minister Md Tajul Islam, chief guest of the meeting,  said: "As citizens of the state, everyone has responsibilities. 

"If you are enjoying the facilities provided by the state, you must do something for its wellbeing -- as stated in the constitution."

The mayor said they will work 365 days to kill the mosquitoes and for this DNCC has appointed 1600 new workers, who will continue with the city corporation if needed.

Councilors and officials of DNCC were also present in the meeting and the city corporation secretary sought for police help during the operations.