Security forces on high alert

Md Esaraf Hossain

23 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Law enforcers have been put on high alert in the capital and other parts of the country following a series of bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that left at least 290 dead.

High security (red alert) measures have been taken at all international airports in Bangladesh so that no terrorists and militants can enter the country, intelligence branches said.

Deputy Commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Masudur Rahman said on Monday that security has been tightened in the capital and elsewhere in the country to avert any untoward incident.

As part of the security measures, check posts have also been set up in different parts of the capital, including Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara diplomatic zones.

Besides, plain-clothes detective are also keeping close watch on different strategic points in the city.

Additional security measures have been taken in and around all key installations, including the Secretariat, the High Court, airports, bus terminals, railway stations and shopping malls, he added.

There is no threat of sabotage following the spate of attacks in Sri Lanka, police officer Sohel Rana said in a message to the media.

“Bangladesh police are on alert. We’ve taken additional security measures for Shab-e-Barat and Easter Sunday celebrations,” he said.

The Sri Lankan bombings targeting churches and hotels took place nearly one month after the mosque shootings in Christchurch of New Zealand.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said that Bangladesh’s security forces have remained prepared to tackle any untoward incident.

“The people of our country believe in brotherhood. It’s a communal harmonious country. We don’t want to see any attack on churches, mosques or temples in our country,” he said while talking to newsmen in Cumilla.

People have been panicked following the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.

Law enforcers are carrying out massive hunts across the country for criminals.

Besides, all entry and exist points, including land ports, airports and naval ports, were alerted to thwart any terrorist attacks.