Crowd formed, no health rules maintained at Natore Awami League events
Local Awami League leaders arranged a programme in Natore this morning, amid the ongoing lockdown, to celebrate the birthday of Sajeeb Wazed, Prime Minister's ICT Adviser.
Cake-cutting session and discussion were held in Kandivitua area, at the temporary office of district AL, with presence of around 300 local leaders and activists, but with no regards to the health safety rules.
Shafiqul Islam Shimul, Natore-2 MP and general secretary of Natore Awami League, was present as the chief guest, reports our local correspondent.
Two mobile courts, deployed in the area to ensure the implementation of lockdown, were not seen there during the programme.
"Everyone arrived after hearing it is a celebration of Sajeeb Wazed's birthday, that's why health rules couldn't be followed entirely," MP Shafiqul Islam Shimul said when asked about the non-compliance to the hygiene rules.
Natore Deputy Commissioner Shamim Ahmed said, "People's representatives should be the most responsible in the country. We expect all to follow the hygiene rules. We can try to make them understand if they don't."
When asked if any law will be enforced, the deputy commissioner said, "I don't want to comment on this."
Natore Municipality Mayor Uma Chowdhury Jolly said, "We tried to make the leaders and workers follow the rules, but they did not. In fact, it is not possible to implement such rules in these party programmes."
Meanwhile, another group of the local AL, also consisting hundreds of leaders and activists, gathered in Kanaikhali area of Natore on the occasion of the founding anniversary of Swechchasebak League. No hygiene rule was observed there either.
Natore Sadar Upazila Chairman and District Awami League Joint-General Secretary Shariful Islam Ramzan said, "We could have organised a programme with thousands of leaders and workers. But considering the health rules, I have organised a programme with a small number of leaders and workers."
Shafiul Azam Swapan, general secretary of the district Swechchasebak league, said, "I have tried to make them follow the health rules. But I could not succeed fully."