For a peaceful Eid celebration, a huge number of law enforcers, including police, Rab and detectives, have been deployed at different strategic points, including bus and launch terminals, railway stations and cattle markets, in the capital and elsewhere across the country, to tackle any untoward situation.
“Members of the law enforcement agencies, both in uniform and plain-cloths, are now keeping a close watch on these crowded places to maintain law and order’, a senior DB official told the daily sun.
Many plain-cloths officers of police and detective branch, in the guise of customers, are also moving around the cattle markets to ensure security of the sellers and buyers of sacrificing animals.
Deputy Commissioner of DMP (Media) Masudur Rahman said a good number of plain-cloths vigilance teams have been deployed at different strategic points in the capital and on its outskirts, including transport sector, bus and launch terminals and shopping malls, to thwart criminal activities like mugging and extortion.
DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah said law enforcers are all set to tackle any occurrence in any situation.
“A huge number of law enforcers are now working in the capital to curb criminal activities, including mugging, toll collection, Agyan Party (dope-party) men and nagging traffic congestion on streets, the DMP commissioner added.
“Keeping the Eid festival ahead, the police patrols have also been intensified in the capital”, he further said.
As part of the measures, police and RAB personnel were seen searching motorised vehicles, rickshaws and its inmates at different places in the capital, including Motijheel, Arambagh, Bailey Road, Malibagh, Mirpur and Khilgaon areas on Saturday noon.
Enamul Huq, OC of Mugda police station, said, “As part of the security measures, I have already deployed several teams, both in uniform and plain-cloths, at different strategic points in my areas, to curb criminal activities.
Besides, “We’ve also intensified patrolling in our areas just on the eve of Eid festival, to maintain law and order and to ease the traffic congestion, the OC added.
With the Eid drawing nearer, the city commuters, more or less, fall prey to different organised gangs of armed hoodlums and lose their cash money, gold ornaments and other valuables.
Armed hoodlums lie in wait at different strategic points, including commercial areas, for their targets.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammad Javed Patwary said the police officials across the country have been instructed to prevent anyone from extorting the cattle-laden vehicles on highways and waterways and stop the frauds selling tickets of Eid transports in black market.
Security will be beefed up around all Eid congregations in districts and upazilas, including the main one set to be held in Dhaka’s National Eidgah Ground, he added.
The police chief said temporary police camps have been set up in all cattle markets to provide security to all, ensure proper payment of Hasil, install machines to identify fake banknotes and keep vehicular movement in the areas normal.
He further said mobile court has been set up in every market to maintain law and order, tackle artificial crisis of cows, prevent extra-Hasil collection, and cooperate with concerned organisations and law enforcement agencies.
The IGP also warned all to be alert to muggers and ‘molom parties’ while carrying cash money during Eid shopping.
The river police have also been deployed on the Sadarghat-Barisal river route to ensure safe travel for Eid holidaymakers.
Apart from maintaining launch movement, they will also ensure passengers’ safety and prevent extortionists, said the IGP.
Meanwhile, the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has taken a special security measure before and after the Eid-ul-Azha for peaceful celebration of the festival.
As part of its move, Rab deployed a total of 245 patrol teams and 56 striking reserve forces across the country, including the capital.
RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed disclosed this on Saturday while briefing the journalists at its media centre in the city’s Karwanbazar.
“RAB is implementing a two-week security plan before and after the Eid,” he added.
RAB members will also work with the highway and local police to help the Eid travellers, the RAB DG added.