They said they are returning to their homes in Chittagong, Noakhali, Feni, Lakshmipur and in other south-eastern districts
Thousands of people were seen walking vast distances on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in order to reach their village homes ahead of Eid.
As vehicles are no longer allowed to carry passengers on long distances in the country in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), people have been walking miles at a time to reach their native homes.
This correspondent, during a visit to a section of the highway in Comilla on Tuesday, talked to people who were walking toward their destinations.
They said they were returning to their native homes to Chittagong, Noakhali, Feni, Lakshmipur and in other south-eastern regions as visiting there was one of the main components of celebrating Eid festivals in the country.
Thousands of people were seen crossing Meghna and Gumti bridges by foot, before which they used auto-rickshaws and motorbikes to come all the way from Dhaka.
Asma Akhter, a woman returning home, said she would go to Gouripur in Comilla's Daudkandi upazila. "I came from Dhaka by using a number of vehicles. I walked at least seven kilometres after crossing the Gumti Bridge."
Abul Hashem, an elderly man, said he started from Dhaka to go to Muradnagar in Comilla. "I had to pay eight times the fare and changed six to seven vehicles until now. I don't have much money in my pocket and I am worried about reaching my destination."
Police sent back the cars that had tried to cross the bridges and checkposts have been operated to ensure that cargo trucks could not transport passengers, said Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Rahmat Ullah, in-charge of Comilla highway police.
"Vehicles are dropping passengers off near police check-posts and leaving. We can stop the vehicles, but how will we restrict the movements of people walking? But there are no traffic jams on the highway," added the ASP.