CCTV cameras will be installed at all puja pavillions
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam on Sunday said all security arrangements have been made on the occasion of Durga Puja, the main religious festival of the Hindu community.
He said this while talking to reporters after inspecting the overall security arrangements at the Dhakeshwari National Temple in the capital on the eve of Durga Puja.
“Durga Puja is one of the biggest religious festivals of the Hindu community in Bangladesh. Law enforcement agencies have extensive preparations to tackle any untoward incident," Shafiqul said.
He said police would remain deployed round-the-clock at all the big temples.
The DMP chief also said: “All puja mandaps will be brought under CCTV surveillance. At the same time, each puja mandap will be under police surveillance.”
In addition to the uniformed police, members of the plain-clothe Detective Branch (DB), Intelligence & Analysis Division (IAD), Special Branch (SB), and other intelligence personnel will be deployed to ensure security for the smooth celebration of the puja, the DMP chief said.
“Security will be tightened in such a way that no one shows any desire to cause any untoward incident,” he added.
Health guidelines should not be violated in any way and the puja mandaps should have hand sanitization systems. “It will be ensured that none can enter the puja mandap without wearing a mask,” he added.
Responding to a question from journalists on security issues he said: “We do not see risk in terms of security, but we are not dismissing the threat at all. In view of this, online surveillance has been increased.”
DMP Additional Commissioners Mir Rezaul Alam, Krishnapad Roy, AKM Hafiz Akter, Md Asaduzzaman and Md Munibur Rahman along with senior officials of DMP and leaders of Puja Udjapan Committee were present.
However, the government has asked Durga Puja organizing committees across the country not to allow fair or stalls near the pavilions this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
At a meeting on October 3, the Home Ministry also urged the committees to suspend all activities during the Adhan and prayers at mosques near the pavilions.