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DMP chief: No threat during Durga Puja

  • Published at 02:18 pm October 3rd, 2019
DMP_Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam
DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam inspects the security management at Dhaka's Dhakeshwari Temple on Thursday, October 3, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Separate teams to be deployed in all mandaps during puja

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam has said they do not have any information regarding any threat during Durga Puja.

He made the statement after inspecting the security management at Dhaka's Dhakeshwari Temple on Thursday.

The DMP commissioner said: "We are fully prepared to tackle any kind of violence during puja. We do not have any information of any threats during this festival. Separate teams will be deployed to ensure security at all puja mandaps and everything will be monitored through the police control room."

He said: “Recently, police were targeted in five bomb attacks in Dhaka, but there is nothing to be worried about now. We were able to capture the culprits involved with those attacks. Everyone and everything is under our surveillance. 

"Durga Puja will be held in a total of 233 mandaps in Dhaka. Among these -- Dhakeshwari National Temple, Ramakrishna Mission Temple, Dhanmondi Puja Mandap and Banani Puja Mandap -- will have extra force because of their large scale. CCTV cameras will be set up to monitor everything. Siddheshwari Kali Temple, Ramna Kali Temple, Uttara Puja Mandap, Bashundhara Puja Mandap and Puja Mandap of the Agricultural Institute will also have adequate security measures."
DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam at Dhaka's Dhakeshwari Temple on Thursday, October 3, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune
"We have identified 86 mandaps as two star, 77 as one star and 61 puja mandaps as general. We have deployed force for the security of these worship centres and the organizers will deploy necessary numbers of volunteers," he added.

The DMP chief said that concerned officials will take required measures to prevent pilgrims entering the mandaps with things which have been listed as not allowed by the police, adding "There will be special arrangements to prevent eve teasing, drug abuse and traffic congestion throughout the city."

When asked if any of the madaps been recognized as risky, the DMP chief said: "No none of the mandaps have been recognized as risky." 

Responding to a query regarding the recent reshuffle of police officials in Dhaka, he said: "This was part of a routine work. We think people will get better service due to this . As I said before, those who do not have the mentality to serve the people cannot stay in DMP."