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Police tighten security ahead of Eid-ul-Azha

  • Published at 10:53 pm August 17th, 2018
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The year's second largest religious festival of the Muslims will be celebrated next Wednesday

Bangladesh Police have taken all necessary and special security measures to keep the law and order and traffic situations under control to ensure the people of the country a safe and happy Eid-ul-Azha.

The second largest religious festival of the Muslims this year will be celebrated next Wednesday, August 22.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammad Javed Patwary has said that any vehicle carrying sacrificial animals for the Eid will not be stopped unless there are any specific complaints against it, in order to maintain the flow of vehicles on the roads and highways.

Cattle traders have been given a set of directives to follow in order to avoid any harassment on the roads.

Police officials across the country have been instructed to stop anyone from extorting the cattle-laden vehicles on the highways and waterways, and stop frauds from selling tickets of Eid transports – both buses and trains – in the black market.

Police top brass in every district, including Dhaka, have also been given strict instructions to take all necessary measures to ensure adequate security for Eid congregations and prayers, and stop any possible militant threat at any cost.

The IGP recently told reporters: “We have spoken to the higher-ups in the divisional levels to make sure that security is beefed up during the Eid vacations.”

He said police patrol has been increased to stop the black marketers in the bus terminals and adjoining areas and to prevent the robbers on the highways.

No active militant threats

IGP Javed Patwary has said that there were no specific or active militant threats at the moment.

However, he has asked the police to cautiously but closely monitor every banned militant outfit, and find out whether they are planning any attack during the Eid.

He also urged everyone to remain alert so that no one can spread rumours or propaganda to deteriorate the law and order situation.

He said security will be beefed up around all Eid congregations in the districts and upazilas levels, including the main one set to be held in Dhaka’s National Eidgah Ground.

File photo of a cattle market in Dhaka city | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Cattles markets and transactions

The police chief said that temporary police camps have been set up in all cattle markets, to provide security to all, ensure proper payment of hasil and no extortion, install machines to identify fake banknotes and keep vehicular movement in the areas normal.

He said one mobile court has been deployed in every market to maintain law and order, tackle artificial crisis of cows, prevent extra-hasil collection, and to coordinate with concerned organizations and the law enforcement agencies.

Measures are also being taken to make sure that no rawhide of the animals will go to the wrong people and over the border of the country.

The IGP also urged all to remain alert about conmen, muggers and “molom parties” while carrying large amounts of money during Eid shopping – both essentials and the sacrificial animal.

There are many types of financial transaction services available now, he added.

Waterways secure

The river police have also been deployed in the Sadarghat and Barisal rivers route to ensure safe travels of Eid holidaymakers.

Apart from maintaining launch movement, they will ensure passengers’ safety and prevent extortionists. River police units will also set up check posts with the assistance of other police units, said the IGP.