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16,000 cops to be deployed in Dhaka on Int'l Mother Language Day

  • Published at 12:31 pm February 19th, 2019
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Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia speaks at a press briefing at the Central Shaheed Minar on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

DMP will implement four-tier security across Dhaka on February 21

Around 16,000 police personnel will be deployed across the capital city on February 21, the Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia made the announcement at a press briefing on security measures for events at the Central Shaheed Minar at Secretariat Road in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Inspecting the security measures at the venue, the police commissioner said: “A four-tier security arrangement, comprised of around 16,000 police personnel, will be deployed on International Mother Language Day.

“Around 6,000 police personnel will be deployed to the Central Shaheed Minar, along with plain-clothes police, dog squads, and bomb disposal units.”

He said hawkers and makeshift shops would be removed from the area to ensure easy movement of people.

Between 6pm Wednesday and Thursday, only authorized vehicles, and students and teachers of Dhaka University would be allowed to enter the campus, the DMP chief said.

People with bags, knives, scissors or inflammable objects will not be allowed to enter Shaheed Minar premises.

On the other hand, roadblocks in Nilkhet, Palashi, Fuller road, Bakshi Bazar, Chankharpul, Shahidullah Hall, Doyel Chattar, DU Gymnasium, Romana Chattar, High Court, TSC, Shahbagh intersection, will be set up to prevent further entry in the university area.

A diversion route will be used at the time in the respective areas, he added.

“All archways, entrances, and police checkpoints to the Shaheed Minar will have metal detectors.” 

“The Central Shaheed Minar will be opened for public after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, President Abdul Hamid, senior government and political officials pay homage to the language movement martyrs,” Asaduzzaman Mia added.

All visitors will have to use Polashi road for coming to Shaheed Minar and Doel Chattor and Chankharpul roads for getting out.

'There is no security threat'

Meanwhile, after inspecting the security measures around the Central Shaheed Minar, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Director General (DG) Benazir Ahmed said there are already vigilant RAB intelligence and detectives in the area and University areas. 

“There will be adequate security with maximum power capacity, so that people can pay their tributes in peace and confidence,” he said.

Replying a question, the RAB chief said that there is no security threat. 

“We want to eliminate all kinds of threat. We are keeping an eye on the militants every single moment and did not lose our focus on them,” Benazir said.  

However, adequate measures have been taken considering all possible risks, he added.