Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzaman Mia has said extensive security measures have been taken to ensure foolproof safety at Pohela Boishakh celebrations in the capital.
"Strong and coordinated security measures have been taken as people can celebrate Pohela Boishakh in a festive mood," said the DMP commissioner while briefing journalists at the DMP media center on Thursday.
Police will cordon off venues around Dhaka University campus, Ramna park, Teachers-Student Centre (TSC), Shahbagh and Suhrawardy Udyan areas for ensuring smooth celebrations of the first day of Bangla New Year, he said.
Besides, law enforcers will put barricades in Nilkhet, Palashi and Bangla Motor areas and no vehicles will be able to enter the areas, he added.
The DMP boss said people have to enter the venues through archways and metal detectors.
The security will be the same in Hatirjheel and Rabindra Sarobar areas, said Asaduzzaman.
All the open venues will be under CCTV coverage and separate watch towers will also be set up in important areas, he said.
He also asked people to refrain from carrying any vanity bag, bags, trolleys, inflammable objects, knives, and sharp weapons.
The areas where people will go for celebrations will be monitored by canine squads and Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) as well as bomb disposal units, said the DMP Commissioner.
Besides, a special team will be deployed to prevent eve-teasing during the festival, he said.
The DMP chief said no one will be allowed to wear masks and play Vuvuzela on the day to avert any unpleasant incident. The law enforcers will escort the Mongol Shobhajatra to be brought out by the students of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.
The commissioner said all the programs of Pohela Boishakh must end by 5pm while the program in Rabindra Sarobar has to end by 7pm.
Separate patrol teams of the Bangladesh Navy will be deployed in Hatirjheel and Rabindra Sarobar areas and divers and fire service units will remain on standby, he said.