Eid returnees invade Shimulia despite suspension of day ferries
May 9, 2021, 3:32 p.m.
May 9, 2021, 9:21 p.m.
Despite the suspension of day ferries and the deployment of BGB troops, crowds of people hoping to return home for Eid continue to swell in Shimulia, a river port.
Thousands of people again came to the port on Sunday morning to try to secure the passage to the southern districts. The crowd only increased as the day wore on.
Although the BIWTC operated 15 ferries overnight, it suspended services in the morning. However, “Faridpur Ferry” left Pier 1 at around 7.45am with eight ambulances on board, reports bdnews24.com.
Daytime ferry services were suspended, said BIWTC deputy general manager Md Shafiqul Islam, but some vehicles were allowed to cross due to emergencies and crowds immediately swarmed the ferry.
“Despite the risk of a coronavirus pandemic, people are still rushing home. They do not follow any restrictions. “
People were falling on their own to board the “Faridpur Ferry” at Pier 1 on Sunday morning. It only took a few minutes for the ship to be swamped with passengers.
The back of the ferry was so crowded with people he couldn’t leave. Eventually, the police loaded the crowd with batons and the small ship was able to leave for the port of Kathalbari with nearly 1,500 on board.
Some people boarded fishing boats and trawlers to cross the Padma River near the harbor. River police have arrested trawlers in the area.
Large numbers of people have come to Shimulia port despite the suspension of ferry services, said Mawa River Police Station chief Sirajul Kabir.
Not finding a ferry crossing, they broke the rules by crossing the river in small motor trawlers, he said.
“These trawlers carried between 100 and 150 passengers,” he said. “We have detained 12 trawler drivers to date.”
Despite the ban on long-haul buses during the lockdown, some bus lines are still operating in secret to meet the overwhelming demand from Eid returnees.
People travel from Dhaka to Shimulia on district buses, small vehicles and even freight trucks and vans for the purpose of crossing the Padma and southern Bangladesh.
Despite the suspension of launch services, they are still attempting to make the crossing from Shimulia to Kathalbari.
People have been instructed to stay close to their workplace due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, Munshiganj District Magistrate Md Moniruzzaman Talukder said.
“Despite this, there was a torrent of people. Two platoons of BGB members were deployed to manage it, alongside numerous police officers.