Multi-tier security measures have been taken to ensure smooth observance of Holy Ashura scheduled to be held on Friday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia came up with the information while talking to reporters after inspecting the security arrangements at Hoseni Dalan in Old Dhaka’s Bakshi Bazar area on Tuesday.“Although there is no specific threat targeting Imambara of Hoseni Dalan but taught security measures have been initiated,” DMP commissioner told reporters.
Holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), will be observed across the country on Friday (September 21).
DMP boss said close circuit cameras will be set up in some major points as part of security measures. Beside, everyone had to enter Hoseni Dalan area only after security screening through hand metal detectors and archways.
Members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), SWAT, bomb disposal units and dog squads would remain alert alongside other law enforcement agencies including plainclothes police in these areas, said the DMP chief.
The processions which would begin from Imambara would be cordoned off by police and no one would be allowed to join a moving procession from outside, he said, adding that this initiative had been taken to prevent any kind of sabotage act.
Bags, lethal and sharp objects like knives and sword would not be allowed in the procession as well as firecrackers will remain banned during the event. Flag staff taller than 12 feet will not be allowed in the procession.Meanwhile, the DMP commissioner requested people to cooperate with the law enforcers and volunteer groups to make the procession successful.
Monirul Islam, DMP’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit chief; Abdul Baten, joint commissioner of Detective Branch; and other high police officials were also present at the briefing.
Since the Hoseni Dalan bomb explosion incident of 2015, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has enforced several new security strategies and restrictions so that devotees can observe the day smoothly.
At least two persons were killed and over 150 people injured in bomb explosions in front of Hoseni Dalan in old Dhaka before the beginning of the Tajia procession on October 23, 2015.