Tightened security measures have been taken to ensure smooth celebration of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year, in the capital. The celebration will take place on Sunday.
Briefing the media on Thursday about the security arrangement, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia. said, the major pvenues where people will gather to celebrate Pahela Baishakh will be under security blanket,’
The DMP chief said as a precaution to avert any unpleasant incident, no one would be allowed to wear masks and play Vuvuzela on the day
‘The law enforcers will escort the Mongol Shobhajatra to be brought out by the students of fine arts institute of Dhaka University and also police will keep surveillance from the roof of buildings,’ he said.
Besides, law enforcers will put barricades in Nilkhet, Palashi, Shahbagh, Kakrail and Matsya Bhaban areas and no vehicles will be allowed to enter the areas, he added.
Close circuit cameras will be installed in several places including Ramna Park and Rabindra Sarobar, said Asaduzzaman.
People have to pass through archways as well as they will be inspected both manually and electronically while entering the celebration venues.
The DMP also banned carrying of any explosive materials, sharp weapons, bags and metal equipment at the venues.
No open air programme will be allowed after 6:00pm while the entry at Ramna and Suhrawardi Uddyan will be closed after 5:00pm, said the DMP commissioner.
Replying to a question of any suspicious of security threat, he said, ‘There is no threat of any attack in the city and the law enforcers have taken necessary measures to take action instantly.’
Besides, plainclothes police, detectives, intelligence team, SWAT and bomb disposal unit will be remained stand by alongside police.