Unprecedented security measures have been taken in and around the country’s largest Eidgah Sholakia Maidan in Kishoreganj, where hundreds of thousands of people will offer prayer on the Eid day, with engaging two drones having cameras and deploying law enforcers in large numbers.
“We have taken unprecedented security measures in and around the Sholakia Maidan with deploying around 1100 police personnel, five platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel, 200 members of armed police battalion (APBn) and a large number of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel for smooth and peaceful holding of the largest Eid Jamaat,” Superintendent of Police of Kishoreganj Mashruqur Rahma Khaled told BSS on Saturday.
“Besides, two drones having camera will hover the entire Sholakia Maidan from the sky during the Eid jamaat to make the security foolproof,” he said, adding that the entire areas of the maidan have been brought under the coverage of closed circuit camera televisions (CCTVs).
As many as 24 check posts have been set up surrounding the maidan which will be monitored round the clock by the law enforcers, he informed.
The security arrangements have been taken against the backdrop of the militant attack at the Sholakia Maidan in 2016, he ended. Plain-clothe personnel from different intelligence agencies have been entrusted with strict vigilance in and around Sholakia, he also said.
“Watch towers have been set up at each of the entry points of Kishoreganj town and the Sholakia Eidgah to make the security foolproof. None will be allowed to enter the Eidgah without search,” he also said.
Police are now conducting search at each of the houses and the house owners have been asked not to rent out their houses to new tenants, he informed.
Preparations have been going on in full swing to hold the 191th Eid jamaat at the Sholakia Maidan.
The 191th jamaat on the Sholakia Maidan will be held at 10.00am that will begin following the custom of opening blank fire on the Eid day.