No matter how much the security is strengthened, less number of people might show up for the Eid prayers here, say locals.
Keeping that in mind, local administration has taken adequate measures to keep the country’s largest Eidgah in Kishoreganj under tight security blanket by deploying Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members alongside Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), and police.
District Administrator Azimuddin Biswas and Superintendent of Police Anwar Hossain Khan told this the reporters.
None will be allowed on the congregation premises with bags or other belongings, they added.
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Mawlana Farid Uddin Masuud will administer the Eid prayer here. However he returned to Dhaka in last Eid without administering prayers since militants had carried out an attack near the ground.
Sources in the police said Sholakia usually sees huge gatherings in Eid-Ul-Fitr, but less in Eid-Ul-Azha. So, the law enforcers will not face any major challenges in ensuring security for the pilgrims.
On a spot visit, it was seen police personnel have taken positions in and around the Eidgah premises and the workers were giving the final touch on the preparation there.
Police Super Anwar Hossain Khan said, “Keeping all these things in mind, we have taken unprecedented security measures for Sholakia.
BGB, RAB, Police, APbN and Ansar members will form 3-tier security as well as plain-clothed law enforcers will also be deployed inside and outside the ground.
All gates of three directions will be closed on Eid day. Pilgrims will be allowed to enter the ground through metal detector checking at two gates in the front. Besides, a good number of CCTV cameras have been installed in the ground. Police will try their best to ensure security, he added.
District Administrator Azimuddin Biswas said, security measures have been strengthened and designed keeping in mind the recent attack. He also urged locals to cooperate with law enforcers in this regard.
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Banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujaheedin Bangladesh (JMB) carried out explosions near Sholakia Eid ground on July 7 last. Four people including a woman and two policemen were killed in an attack at a checkpoint near the Sholakia Eid congregation. A suspected attacker was also killed.