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RAB ready to thwart any militant attack targeting Pohela Boishakh celebration, DG says

  • RAB forces are on high alert 
  • Bomb disposal units and K9 squads will be on standby


Update : 13 Apr 2024, 06:14 PM

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Director General M Khurshid Hossain, in a briefing on Saturday, reassured the public of comprehensive security arrangements for Pohela Boishakh celebrations on Sunday. 

Following a detailed review of intelligence, cyber monitoring data, and other sources, the RAB has not identified any specific threats targeting the festivities, he said.

Although no imminent threats have been pinpointed, RAB forces are on high alert to counter any potential militant activities, the RAB chief stated during his inspection of the security protocols in the Ramna Botomul area of Dhaka.

At the Ramna Batamul, grenade attacks by banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJi) killed at least 10 people and left scores of others injured in 2001. Since then, militant groups and radical Islamists have been campaigning against the celebration, terming it anti-Islamic.

The DG highlighted the proactive measures taken by RAB's cyber team to monitor and mitigate the dissemination of rumours or false information that could disrupt the festive spirit online. 

To bolster security, RAB plans to deploy additional forces across various event venues nationwide. RAB is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all attendees. Anyone who encounters or suspects deceptive activities should report immediately to RAB personnel for swift action, Hossain advised.

He confirmed that all event locations will have adequate security coverage, including the deployment of bomb disposal units and K9 squads in Dhaka. 

With rigorous preparations, RAB aims to provide a secure environment for the celebration of Pohela Boishakh, allowing citizens to partake in the cultural festivities without concern.

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