Inspector General of Police (IGP) Javed Patwari has instructed fellow officials to take all-out measures to maintain law and order at any cost, as a confrontation is likely to arise between Awami League and BNP over the outcome of an impending verdict in a graft case against BNP chief and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.
Holding a videoconference at Police Headquarters in Dhaka on Tuesday, the newly appointed IGP issued some directives in this regard to all deputy inspectors general and commissioners of his force.
The verdict, which is scheduled to be delivered on Thursday, has already started drawing attention from of all quarters including law enforcers, lawyers, and foreign diplomats as well as the citizenry.
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However, while talking to the officials of his force, Javed wanted to know about their preparations to avoid possible untoward situations centring on the verdict, according to police sources.
He also suggested they inform the headquarters of possible acts of violence and sabotage and seek assistance when needed.
Complying with the IGP’s directives, law enforcers have started conducting searches in vehicles at all entry points of Dhaka.
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As part of their plans to prevent BNP men from entering Dhaka and creating anarchy in the city, police also asked hoteliers not to take in boarders until further notice.
Mentioning that law enforcers are on a high alert over the judgment, DMP Commissioner Assaduzzaman Mia said: “Police will conduct searches in every vehicle at all points of Dhaka.”
Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Tuesday put an embargo on bringing out processions and holding rallies on Thursday.
BNP heavily denounced the ban, calling it an unfair act in the name of law.
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“The DMP ban on any type of procession and rally in the capital on Thursday is an unjustified action in the name of law. It’s also a dangerous black order,” d BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters the same day.
He also said the government would not be able to control people’s anger by enacting laws and using arms.
Parts of this article were first published on banglatribune.com