Tight security for Pahela Baishakh celebrations

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Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzaman Miah on Thursday said all out security measures have been taken to ensure foolproof security of Pahela Baisakh celebration in the capital.

“Strong and co-ordinated security measures have been taken as people can celebrate Pahela Baisakh in a festive mood,” said the DMP commissioner while briefing journalists at the DMP media center.

Tight security for Pahela Baishakh celebrations.

Police will cordon off important venues in Dhaka University campus, Ramna park, Teachers-Student Centre (TSC), Shahbagh and Suhrawardy Udyan areas for ensuring smooth celebration of the first day of Bangla New Year, he said.

Besides, law enforcers will put barricades in Nilkhet, Palashi and Bangla Motor areas as no vehicles can enter the areas, he added.

The DMP boss said people have to enter the venues through archway and metal detectors.

The security will be same in Hatirjheel and Rabindra Sarobar areas, said Asaduzzaman.

All the open venues will be under CCTV coverage and separate watch towers will also be set up in important areas, he said.

He also asked people to refrain from carrying any vanity bag, bags, trolleys, inflammable things, knives, and sharp weapons.

The areas where people will go for celebration will be sweep by dog squad and Special Weapon And Tactics (SWAT) as well as bomb disposal units will be deployed, said the DMP Commissioner.

Besides, a special team will be deployed to prevent eve-teasing during the festival, he said.

The DMP chief said no one will be allowed to wear masks and play Vuvuzela on the day to avert any unpleasant incident. The law enforcers will escort the Mongol Shobhajatra to be brought out by the students of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.

The commissioner said all the programmes of Pahela Baisakh must end by 5:00pm while Rabindra Sarobar programme by 7 pm.

Separate patrol teams of Navy will be deployed in Hatirjheel and Rabindra Sarobar areas and divers and fire service unit will remain standby, he said.

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