Dhaka – The authorities have beefed up security in the capital Dhaka ahead of the Eid-al-Fitr, the largest religious festival of the Muslims, a top official said on Monday.
“There are reasons to remain alert considering the global perspective,” Asaduzzaman Mia, chief of Dhaka Metropolitan Police told reporters at a news conference in the city.
He, however, ruled out any possibility of threats by the extremists to jeopardy the security situation.
Law enforcement agencies were asked to remain alert during the festival time considering overall situation, the DMP boss said.
Law drawn from different enforcement agencies both in uniform and plainclothes will be deployed across the city to ensure security, he said.
The DMP commissioner requested the devotees, who will turn up to the national Eidgah for prayers, to go through the security checks ahead of the congregations.
Devotees will have to undergo three layers of screening before entering the ground, Mia said requesting them not to bring other than prayer mats and umbrella with them.
They will be allowed to enter the ground after being screened through archways and metal detectors to be set up in front of Shikkha Bhaban, Matshya Bhaban and National Press Club points, he said
Vehicles must be parked at the designated areas, Mia suggested.
The dog squad of DMP will sweep the Eidgah ground while the whole area will be under CCTV camera surveillance.
Similar arrangements will be put up at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.