At a time when Covid-19 cases in the country are rising and health experts insist on strongly maintaining health guidelines, a section of transport workers are using just water to sanitise passengers in Chattogram.
The gross negligence to public health was caught by a mobile court yesterday, that fined 20 persons including drivers, helpers and passengers over different charges.
Executive Magistrate Md Omar Faruk of Chattogram District Administration conducted the mobile court in the port city's GEC and Wasa intersections.
Omar Faruk said during the mobile court, several buses were found with no safety equipment and sanitiser. "Most drivers and their helpers had no mask."
"Most sanitiser bottles in the buses did not have disinfectants; the mobile court also found some transport workers only used water in the name of disinfectants, deceiving public and raising health hazard," added Faruk.
Passengers were found not wearing mask during their ride, or maintaining proper social distancing inside the bus.
The mobile court fined 20 persons including driver helper and passengers with Tk 4,000 for not keeping sanitisers, using water and fake sanitiser and other charges.