New Director General (DG) of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun on Saturday called upon all to work together for implementing the Prime Minister’s 31-point directive to prevent the transmission of coronavirus.
“We’ve to work together to implement the 31-point directive announced by the Prime Minister to prevent coronavirus outbreak. We want everyone's cooperation in discharging our assigned duty and responsibility in this regard,” he said.
Abdullah Al Mamun, who took over as Rab DG on April 15, made the call while briefing reporters through a videoconference from his office at the Rab Headquarters in the afternoon.
Mentioning that the regular activities of the elite force to ensure social distancing and people’s stay at homes are on, the Rab DG said 2,240 people have been fined Tk 3.40 crore conducting 358 mobile courts across the country till April 24 to ensure social distancing.
Besides, he said, a large number of low-quality illegal masks, hand sanitizers, hand gloves and testing kits have been seized by conducting drives. Nine people of 18 organisations have been sentenced to various jail terms and fined them around Tk 62 lakh.
He said the Rab’s virtual patrolling has been continuing to curb spreading rumors on social media. Around 50 websites have kept under surveillance of the Rab’s cyber monitoring cell. So far, 11 people have been brought under the arm of law for spreading rumors on social media, he added.
“Don’t share or like anything seeing on social media without verifying. Try to know the fact or take help from Rab cyber verification centre through the Rab Facebook Page,” he said.
Regarding security during Ramadan, the Rab DG said check-posts and patrolling have been intensified for this Ramadan.