In a bid to stop communal violence and maintain law and order around the country, the Police Headquarters (PHQ) has issued a security alert in all 64 districts.
Issued to the superintendents of police (SP) in all the districts on Thursday and Friday, the police authorities asked the field-level officials to take all steps to ensure safety around the country, and place special security measures around Hindu temples and residences.
A number of SPs confirmed receiving the instruction and said they were asked to include civilians in the security measures as well.
“We have already increased police patrols around the Hindu temples and houses. In addition, we have spoken to local people to create awareness regarding the attacks,” Tangail SP Mahbub Alam told the Dhaka Tribune on Saturday.
Police also instructed everyone not post or like and share any posts on Facebook that may hurt religious statements, and warned that stern action would be taken against those who did.
Meanwhile, police have identified at least a hundred of fake Facebook profiles and pages and have asked Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to take necessary steps to shut them down.
Sources at the PHQ said they identified a number of fake profiles spreading misleading information and photos to instigate violence.
The ICT and Telecommunication unit of police is working to bring the culprits to justice, sources said.
“There are even a number of fake profiles in the name of the PHQ. We have asked the BTRC to shut them down as well,” said Israt Jahan, assistant SP.
“Our officials are working to identify the individuals who are spreading misleading information by opening fake Facebook pages and profiles using the names of different people and organisations. We have also sent requests to the BTRC to take action against the fake profiles and pages,” said AKM Shahidur Rahman, deputy inspector general of police.
However, when contacted, BTRC Secretary Md Sarwar Alam said he had no knowledge of such requests. “But I will be able to say more about it after checking at the office tomorrow [Sunday],” he added.
The Dhaka Tribune also tried to contact BTRC Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood in this regard, but he could not be reached despite several attempts over phone.