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Dhaka Tribune

Six-tier security system enforced at venue

Update : 16 Mar 2014, 07:25 PM

With the country abuzz with enthusiasm and excitement over the ICC World Twenty20, law enforcers have taken special measures to ensure foolproof security everywhere, including the capital, during the course of the tournament that kicked off yesterday.

As part of a six-tier security system deployed across the venue, intelligence officials, in coordination with the ICC anti-corruption and security unit, remained on high alert to avert any unexpected situations like match fixing and ticket fraud. Police have already held several meetings to discuss such issues and the latest in the series was held on Thursday.

Hassan Mahmud Khandaker, Inspector-General of Police, told the Dhaka Tribune they had the necessary experience to ensure a peaceful world cup and had taken a number of new security measures in light of that experience. “Besides, special raids are being conducted to nab suspected miscreants,” he said.

The intelligence officials conducted such raids based on the lists prepared by separate police stations lately.

“We’ve issued all necessary directives to field level officials so that they discharge their duties accordingly. If any anomaly is noticed anywhere, officials concerned will face action,” he added. 

Officials concerned are said to have been asked to provide the home ministry with daily updates on the special operation, for the duration of the event.

Speaking of the measure, Dr Kamaluddin Ahmed, additional secretary of the home ministry, said law enforcers were asked to take necessary steps to ensure a safe sporting event and check match fixing.

An intelligence official said, in 2011 a list of 25 people involved in match fixing was sent to immigration departments of all the airports in the country. This was done this year as well, and the ICC security body has added several new names to the existing list.

“In addition to the steps we generally take to ensure security, we are prioritising a number additional issues that are needed to avert untoward incidents and officials have been asked to remain on high alert,” said Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the detective branch of police.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) held a press briefing at its media centre yesterday to highlight the six-tier security system. Elaborating on the system, Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy commissioner of police of Mirpur zone, said vehicle scanners, CCTV cameras and special scanning equipment were being used around the grounds to prevent people from bringing any explosive materials in, in any form.

“A person will be checked six times before he is allowed into the stadium,” he said.

Ekramul Habib, deputy commissioner (west) of traffic, gave several instructions on how to manage the traffic in Dhaka during the event.

Addressing the briefing, DMP Commissioner Benazir Ahmed said around 88 matches would be held in the country this year. “We have asked the fire department, hospitals and other organisations to remain on standby to handle any sort of emergency,” he said, adding that in addition to regular forces, bomb disposal units, SWAT teams and specially-trained plainclothes police would be on duty around the venue.

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