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Meanwhile, it was observed that hundreds of people reached the Daulatdia-Paturia ghat area in the afternoon on rickshaws, foot and other vehicles, defying all lockdown norms.

Police have installed a number of check-posts on the highway at different places, including in the Barbaria, Singair and Dhalla areas. Though the cops forced many vehicles coming from other districts to return, passengers were quick to get off the vehicles and head towards the ferry ghat on foot.

Amid the mad rush of home-bound people ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, ferry services on Paturia-Daulatdia and Shimulia-Banglabazar routes were suspended to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) said the decision to suspend ferry services, with effect from Saturday morning, was taken in the wake of the ongoing second wave of coronavirus.

But the rush of home-bound people later forced them to resume the ferry services.

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