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Eid-e-Miladunnabi: Police to monitor controversial Islamic speakers

  • Precautions against provocative speeches
  • Stringent security in Dhaka
  • Immediate action for incidents

 

Update : 28 Sep 2023, 12:58 PM

Eid-e-Miladunnabi, marking the anniversary of the birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), is set to be observed across Bangladesh on Thursday with due religious solemnity.

The law enforcement agencies will closely monitor controversial religious speakers joining programs centred around the day. 

Special precautions are being taken to ensure no provocative speeches are made on this particular day, which could potentially lead to unrest.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Deputy Commissioner (Media) Faruk Hossain said that stringent security measures have been implemented in the capital surrounding Eid-e-Miladunnabi.

“Police force will be deployed throughout the city, with intelligence officers being especially vigilant. Immediate legal actions will be taken should any untoward incidents occur,” he said. 

Faruk Hossain also informed that special traffic arrangements have been made for Eid-e-Miladunnabi. 

The traffic police will work relentlessly to prevent congestion, he said. 

A directive recently signed by Additional DIG Naseem Wazed, who is in charge of the police headquarters, also advised keeping a close watch on provocative speeches by controversial religious speakers.

The directive also emphasized preventing any attempt by vested quarters to spread religious hatred or rumours that might ruin communal harmony or disrupt law and order by intensifying surveillance and cyber patrolling. 

Immediate actions should be taken against those exploiting social media platforms to post misleading information, comments, or images that could potentially harm communal harmony, it said. 

Reason behind increased security

Eid-e-Miladunnabi is one of the most momentous occasions for Muslims. While Muslims worldwide observe this day with religious reverence, it has sparked debates among Islamic scholars.

Notably, two major Muslim countries, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, prohibited the celebration of this day.

Followers of Salafism encourage not observing this day in a festive manner.

Bangladesh police members on duty.Photo:Dhaka Tribune

Law enforcement officials informed that Salafism is emerging among Muslims in Bangladesh as well.

As a result, on special days, provocative statements among religious individuals with diverse views are leading to confrontations both online and offline.

Law enforcement agencies are closely monitoring these conflict-related issues both directly and outside of social media platforms.

Tight security

Guidelines from the police headquarters have been issued, emphasizing maintaining the regular law and order situation throughout the country during Eid-e-Miladunnabi and ensuring that no banned militant group or faction can engage in destructive activities. 

Proper vigilance and security measures have been directed as well. 

In areas with previous instances of law and order disruptions, enhanced intelligence surveillance and necessary security measures have been instructed. 

Directives have been given to closely monitor hawkers and beggars near mosques, madrasas, and mazars (shrines). 

Additionally, processions, ceremonial songs, and fireworks are to be halted, and mosques' imams, local representatives, community leaders, and local beat police are directed to ensure events are conducted peacefully.

The police headquarters' directive said that to ensure security, officers in plain clothes should be deployed alongside uniformed police. 

Quick Response Teams (QRTs), SWAT, CRT, bomb disposal units and crime scene vans should be kept ready for emergency situations, the directive added.

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