Police stop a motorcycle for questioning at a checkpoint in Dhaka on the first day of the weeklong strict lockdown on Wednesday, April 14, 2021Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

A total of 250,000 movement passes have been issued till 7pm on Wednesday

As many as 310,000 people have so far completed registration to avail the movement pass issued by Bangladesh Police, to go out during the ongoing lockdown.

Additionally, a total of 250,000 movement passes have been issued till 7pm on Wednesday, Md Sohel Rana, assistant inspector general at Police Headquarters, confirmed the information on Wednesday.

Earlier, the Bangladesh Police launched a website for citizens to apply for movement passes to go out, amid the strict nationwide lockdown from April 14 to April 21.

Following the launch of the website on Tuesday afternoon, as many as 125,000 movement pass applications were submitted in the first hour and around 15,000 applications were being submitted every minute at one point. 

When this report was filed at 7pm on Wednesday, the movement pass website registered over 78 million hits with 21,337 hits per minute.

A movement pass is required to step outside during the lockdown in case of an emergency or official work such as receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, Covid-19 test, grocery shopping, medicine purchase, getting medical attention, job, agriculture, goods transport, wholesale/retail sell, funeral, business and several other necessities under other categories, according to the instructions given in the app.

Traders and employees of emergency goods transportation services, businessmen and job holders would be given movement passes after verification, said a Police Headquarters official.

A pass can be used for one-way movement and another pass has to be acquired for the subsequent return.

An individual seeking a movement pass has to provide his name, phone number, date of birth, destination details, valid identification (NID, passport, driving licence), and the reason for going outside. The police will then issue an online pass after receiving the information and verifying it.

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