The biggest religious festival of the Hindu community in Bangladesh will begin on October 8 and end on October 19
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has beefed up security in the capital ahead of Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of the country’s Hindu community.
During a meeting at his office yesterday, DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia urged the leaders and representatives of the Hindu community not to worry about security during the puja.
“Don't pay heed to any rumours – on social media or anywhere else. Celebrate the puja without any tension. Police will provide security to all,” the DMP chief assured the delegates.
Asaduzzaman further told the meeting that 230 puja mandaps are being put up across Dhaka city this year for the puja.
“Police are prepared to counter any kind of situation so everyone can take part in the puja festivities without any worries,” he added.
“Strict action will be taken against people trying to create anarchy or destabilize the law and order situation by spreading false or wrong information. Be alert of rumours spread through social media and other platforms,” the DMP chief further said.
Police’s security measures include separate entries and exits at every mandap, which will be under surveillance of CCTV cameras. Steps have been taken for proper lighting with generator facilities. Fire extinguishing equipment will also be available.
People will be assisted in the mandaps by female and male volunteers. The mandaps will be checked by the dog squads of the DMP, Special Branch and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), according to police.
Floating shops or street vendors will not be allowed near any mandap. Special police teams will be on standby to prevent mugging or sexual harassment.
Visitors at the mandaps will be scanned with metal detectors, security archways and also manually. Policemen and detectives in plain clothes will be deployed across the city, said DMP sources.
“Every concerned official of every sector have been instructed about their responsibilities from the first day of the puja till the last,” the DMP commissioner said in yesterday’s meeting. “A control room will be opened at the Dhakeshwari Temple, which will monitor the security systems of all the other mandaps.
The deputy commissioner of every zone and the OC of every police station in the city have been instructed to form special committees on security in their areas, which will include local Hindus, he added.
The meeting was attended by leaders and representatives from the Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Committee, Dhaka City Puja Udjapan Committee, high-ranking DMP officials, and officials from all other relevant authorities.