On the first weekend of the seven-day "strict-lockdown," most roads were found largely empty in Dhaka as almost all government, private offices and factories are closed today. But mosques where our correspondents visited were teeming with devotees who gathered to attend Juma prayers.
Our correspondent visited Pragati Sarani, Gulshan, Badda, Hatirjheel, Karwan Bazar, Panthapath, Mirpur road, Dhanmondi 27 and Mohammadpur areas this morning and found this scenario.
Numbers of private cars, CNG-run auto-rickshaws and covered vans on the roads were fewer than the last two days.
There were some motorbikes and rickshaws available on roads and alleys.
In many of the check posts set up around the city, policemen were passing free time as there was no queue of vehicles.
At Hatirjheel entry point near Bangladesh Film Development Corporation, police were seen checking vehicles for movement passes. At Karwan Bazar, police were announcing on loudspeakers not to move around on the roads without any emergency.
Large crowds, however, gathered for Juma prayers in Kalabagan and Panthapath areas where our correspondent visited.