Security beefed up

Esaraf Hossain

17 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Foolproof security measures have been taken on the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of the country’s independence.

A large number of police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel and many plain-clothes members of other intelligence branches have already taken position at strategic points in the capital to thwart any untoward incidents.

Some fundamentalist groups, including Hefazat-e-Islam, are reportedly hatching conspiracy to cause trouble in the capital during the celebration programme, detective sources said.

The intelligence branches have already alerted the government as well as high profile officials of law enforcement agencies to such conspiracy.

The government has chalked out a 10-day elaborate programme to mark 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence and Bangabandhu’s birth centenary. The gala celebrations will begin on March 17 and conclude on March 26.

Dhaka is set to welcome the high-level dignitaries, who will visit in person, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Apart from ensuring security at the National Parade Ground, security measures will be taken during the movement of foreign dignitaries, diplomats and other eminent personalities from home and abroad, and also at the installations where they will stay, police said.

Inspector General of Police Benajir Ahmed has sent a written instruction to all high police officers in this connection, police headquarters sources said.

Meanwhile, on the occasion of the celebration, the elite force RAB has taken three dimensional measures for ensuring foolproof security.

Replying to a query, the RAB chief said, "There are no threats. But, the security arrangements have been taken considering all the aspects."

Two days ago, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) called upon city dwellers to go out taking more time in hand as they may face traffic problems on some roads from March 17 to 26 due to the VVIP movements.