● Entrances and exits of each market should be separate
● Water, soap, hand sanitizer must be provided at the entrances
● Everyone must wear face mask; social distance must be maintained
● Counterfeit note checking machines to be set up in each market
● No hawkers, temporary stalls allowed
Commissioner Mohammad Shafiqul Islam of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has directed all authorities concerned to ensure that government health guidelines are strictly followed in the city’s cattle markets in order to prevent Covid-19 transmission.
Speaking at a coordination meeting to discuss traffic management and law and order maintenance during Eid-ul-Azha, the DMP chief said separate entry and exit points must be ensured at all cattle markets, and water, soap and hand sanitizer must be provided at each entry point.
No one should be allowed to enter the markets without a face mask. Designated personnel should measure the body temperature of every person entering a cattle market. Those who exhibit Covid-19 symptoms – i.e. fever, dry cough, body ache – must not be allowed to enter the markets.
Children and elderly people as well as those with pre-existing health conditions are discouraged from going to the cattle markets.
“Both buyers and sellers in the markets must abide by the hygiene rules,” the commissioner said.
The meeting, held on Wednesday at the DMP headquarters, was attended by senior DMP officials as well as representatives of various intelligence agencies, Bangladesh Bank, Dhaka South and North city corporations, Bangladesh Railway, Fire Service and Civil Defence, Rapid Action Battalion, Naval Police, Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association, cattle market leaseholders and Bangladesh Tannery Association.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there will be only 16 cattle markets in Dhaka – 6 in Dhaka North, and 11 in Dhaka South.
Discussing law and order at the meeting, the DMP Commissioner said security measures would be put in place in residential areas, shops, markets, gold jewellery shops and banks during and after Eid.
Police personnel in plain clothes would be on duty in and around each cattle market in Dhaka metropolitan area, and will maintain the rules of hygiene, he added.
No hawkers or makeshift food stalls would be allowed in the cattle markets; the market leaseholders would have to arrange for permanent stalls for food and drinks, and provide information about the stall owners to the police, the commissioner said.
Counterfeit note checking machines will be set up in every cattle market so that trading can take place safely.
Those who buy cattle online would not have to pay hasil – tax on cattle sales, he added.
Effective measures will be taken to stop the activities of dope gangs, “Molom Party,” pickpockets and other criminals in the cattle markets.
To prevent smuggling of raw hides, checkposts will be set up at all exit points of Dhaka – both land and water – so that no vehicles carrying rawhides can leave Dhaka.
The city authorities must ensure that sacrificial waste is cleaned quickly on Eid, and no raw hides are allowed to be out in the open on the streets after 11pm.
To the deputy commissioners of all the divisions under the DMP, the commissioner served instructions on ensuring strict control over the movement of cattle-carrying trucks, and also ensuring that information of truck drivers was collected and saved properly by the on-duty policemen.
To the transport representatives, the commissioner said that they should not let anyone showing Covid-19 symptoms get on the vehicles so that transmission of Covid-19 can be contained.
He also advised people to maintain social distance when travelling.
Vehicle fitness, driving licence, registration, etc, must be in order before every vehicle leaves the station or terminal.
Strict legal action will be taken through mobile court against anyone violating any rules.