Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam highly praised the security arrangement in the city’s posh Bashundhara residential area as he visited Puja mandap therein.
“Bashunhdhara is a reserved area in the capital. There is no problem here to perform religious programmes,” Shafiqul Islam said.
“Durga puja becomes a universal occasion to be observed. In last two days, I have visited nearly 15 mandaps where huge crowd proves participation of the people beyond Hindu community,” the DMP commissioner added.
DMP commissioner urged the organisers to contact police through 999, the national hotline number of the government to be used in case of emergency.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayor Atiqul Islam and Additional Inspector General of Police Kamrul Ahsan also visited the Mandap.
Speaking on the occasion, Atiqul Islam said the country is witnessing a communal harmony in the line with Bangabandhu’s philosophy of establishing secular society.
The mayor said the city corporation has allocated Tk 80 million for developing modern cremation centre in the capital for funeral of Hindu community.
“The festivity of the Dura Puja amid corona pandemic proves that the people love to enjoy festivity beyond religion. We come here to share the joy of the festival,” he said.
Local ward commissioner Nazrul Islam Dhali, East West Media Group Ltd director Imdadul Haq Milan, Bangladesh Pratidin editor Naem Nizam, Daily Sun editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury, Kaler Kantho acting editor Shahed Mohammad Ali and Banglanews24 editor Jewel Mazhar were present on the occasion. Bashundhara Sarbojonin Puja Committee president Sribas Roy welcomed all the guests.