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Pohela Baishakh under restrictions

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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday cited security reasons while urging all concerned to refrain from arranging any cultural programme after 6 pm on the day of Pahela Baishakh celebration on April 14 . All the attendees must leave the function venues by 5pm on the first day of Baishakh, said the minister.
“The law enforcement agencies will remain vigilant so that no one can continue any programme at open places after 6 pm and no one will be allowed to enter the programme after 5 pm,” he told journalists after a meeting at his office in the capital.
The government will also go for monitoring social media sites in a bid to make the celebration programs marking upcoming Bangla New Year safe.
The move was initiated so that none can spread rumor or violence marking Pohela Boishakh, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal .
He was talking to the reporters after holding a preparatory meeting of Pohela Boishakh, at the conference room of the home ministry.
The minister said the meeting decided to ban the whistling of Vuvuzeala and wear face masks during the ‘Mangal Shovajatra’, a mass procession that takes place at dawn on the first day of the Bengali New Year.
The meeting was attended by the officials of police, RAB, Fire brigade, BGB, detective branches, coastguard, navy and ministries.
Strong surveillance will be carried out and archways will be installed in Ramna, Dhaka University (DU), Suhrawardy Udyan, Hatirjheel, Old Dhaka and various other parts of the city.
The minister said mobile courts, petrol teams, surveillance teams and helicopters would monitor the Baishakhi programmes to avert untoward situation. Besides, fire service rescue teams will be deployed at different points.

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