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DMP chief: No threats to Durga Puja

  • Published at 02:02 pm October 14th, 2018
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DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia after his visit to the Dhakeswari National Temple, in Dhaka, on October 14, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Security arrangements have been made for the holiday

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia has said there were no impending threats on the upcoming Durga Puja.

The DMP chief made the statement to reporters after his visit to the Dhakeswari National Temple in Dhaka, around 11:15am on Sunday.

He said: "They have made arrangements for an integrated and strong security service during the puja."

According to the commissioner, at least 234 puja mandaps, including 9 big mandaps at Dhakeshwari Temple, Ramakrishna Mission, Kalabagan Temple, Banani Temple, Siddheswari Kalimandir, Ramna Kali Temple, Uttara Sarvajanin Puja Mandap, Krishibid Institute Social Welfare Association, and Bashundhara Sarvajanin , are being monitored by CCTV cameras and visitors will be screened by metal detectors.  

He also said the puja mandaps will be swept by dog squads for added security.

No one will be allowed to have any kind of bag, sharp object, knife or flammable substance in their possession. There is also a ban on lighting fireworks and crackers during the events.

Detective police and counter-terrorism unit members will be deployed in order to ensure there is no untoward incident. Hawkers will not be allowed to enter or exit the temple, he added. 

Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said security arrangements have been made on the roads where the puja processionor "Shobhajatra" will proceed, and there will also be lighting arrangements for the lake where the idol will be submerged. River police and divers will also be on hand in case of accidents near the lake.

There will be road diversions in order to manage the traffic, the DMP commissioner said.

It will be forbidden to play musical instruments from 12 to 2pm, during submersion of the idol on Friday. 

The DMP chief said: “We have held a series of meetings with the Puja Udjapan Parishad. All types of fireworks and drugs are prohibited at the puja festival. Music on loudspeakers will not be allowed the in the puja procession.