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Face mask a must in mourning ceremonies

Says home minister

Face mask a must in mourning ceremonies
A member of Bangladesh Krishak League donates blood at a voluntary blood and plasma donation programme at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the capital’s Dhanmondi-32 area on Sunday, the first day of the month of mourning. —PID PHOTO

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  • Staff Correspondent
  • 2 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said wearing mask is mandatory for everyone to participate in the nationwide mourning ceremonies.   

“The ceremonies will have to be organised in accordance with the hygiene rules. Law enforcement agencies, including RAB, will ensure necessary security,” he said.

The minister issued the directives while talking to reporters after a meeting to review the law and order situation on the occasion of the National Mourning Day at the conference room of the ministry at the secretariat in the capital on Sunday.  

The meeting was attended by senior officials of the ministry as well as senior officials of the law enforcement agencies.   

The home minister said “No one will be allowed in any event across the country on National Mourning Day without wearing a mask. Everyone was requested to follow proper hygiene rules and maintain social distancing in all the places to prevent Covid-19 infections.”

Asaduzzaman Khan said security will be ensured at Father of The Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi 32 on the National Mourning Day. Measures will also be taken to control traffic on that day.

Proper security procedures will be put during the wreath laying ceremony at Banani Cemetery in the capital.

Necessary security and maintenance of social distancing in compliance with the health rules will be ensured during paying homage by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Fateha recitation and special prayer, he said.

Besides, necessary security measures will be taken in various programmes orginsed by government, non-government and social organisations at district and upazila level across the country on the day. Necessary fire service and civil defense vehicles with fire extinguishers, ambulances and divers will be present at the venue.  

Asaduzzaman Khan said the RAB will be on patrol at all National Mourning Day events across the country. All programmes will be under the surveillance of detectives. There will be uninterrupted electricity and first aid service.

The month of mourning began on Sunday for the nation to recall once again the brutal assassination of its founding father.

The killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975, is the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history.

The self-confessed killers of August 15 did not assassinate Bangabandhu alone but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends and relatives.