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Law enforcement on high alert ahead of Awami League, BNP rallies in Dhaka

Police will not hesitate to take action against those who attack them, says DMP

Update : 11 Jul 2023, 11:59 PM

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is taking measures to ensure law and order during separate rallies organized by the ruling Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday afternoon.

Surveillance has been intensified to prevent any provocation that may lead to an unstable environment during the gatherings.

Political parties have a constitutional right to hold political meetings, and law enforcement agencies expect the rallies to be conducted peacefully, without any fear or disruption.

Strong resistance will be provided if anyone attempts to create a destabilizing environment, and law enforcement officers will not hesitate to take action against those who attack them, said the DMP.

The BNP will hold a rally in front of its central office at Naya Paltan at 2pm, demanding the 12th national election be held under a neutral government. The party may announce new programs at the gathering to communicate with the grassroots.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, along with other senior leaders, will deliver speeches at the rally, joined by BNP activists from different areas of the capital.

Meanwhile, in a joint initiative against terrorism and anarchy, the Awami League will organize a peace rally at the south gate of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque. General Secretary Obaidul Quader and other senior leaders will be present at the event, with activists from different areas participating.

Intelligence agency officials revealed that security in the Paltan area has been strengthened, with a focus on the rallies of both the Awami League and the BNP. Surveillance has been intensified and adequate law enforcement personnel will be deployed in both uniform and plainclothes.

The officers urged the two political parties to ensure that no incitement leads to attacks on law enforcement personnel, as has occurred in the past. They also requested vigilance during return trips after the rallies to prevent any untoward incidents involving workers or supporters of the Awami League or the BNP.

Law enforcement officials have been instructed to avoid engaging in altercations, and their role will be to facilitate the smooth conduct of the rallies, from the assembly to the dispersal. However, they will be present to prevent any criminal activities.

DMP officials confirmed that permission has been granted for the rallies, subject to 23 conditions. They expect both the Awami League and BNP to comply with these conditions during the gatherings. The DMP allocated a time slot for Awami League from 3pm-5pm at the south gate of Baitul Mukarram Mosque and for the BNP from 2pm-5pm at Naya Paltan.

DMP Additional Commissioner (Crime and Operations) K Muhid Uddin said security measures have been intensified for Wednesday's rallies. Law enforcement is on high alert to prevent any untoward incidents, ensuring the safety of people's properties and vehicles.


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