Border Guard Bangladesh will be patrolling streets in Dhaka and Narayanganj from Thursday evening amid the country’s two major political parties’ competing political programmes. BGB’s Public Relations Officer Mohsin Reza confirmed bdnews24.com about them patrolling the streets.
The opposition BNP is trying to hold a rally on Friday to press for its demand for a neutral election-time government.
A senior leader of the party has urged the party activists to join the rally with axes, machetes and sharp weapons to make the programme a success. The ruling Awami League has also announced a counter programme on the same day.
Police banned all rallies, meetings, processions and human chains in the capital from Oct 20 until further orders in the wake of confronting political programmes.
Police have also prohibited rallies in Chittagong, Khulna and Barisal for the same reason. The BGB has been patrolling the streets in the port city, Chittagong from Thursday morning. Border Guard Bangladesh has been called out to help local administration maintain law and order in Chittagong. BGB troopers were out patrolling different areas of the port city since 11am on Thursday, said Deputy Commissioner Masud-ul Hasan of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP).
The Metropolitan police sought deployment of six platoons of BGB to maintain law and order, he said.
CMP imposed an indefinite ban on all meetings and rallies in the city from 6am on Thursday, following a similar ban by Dhaka police earlier in the week.
CMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam said the ban was clamped after BNP called for rallies from Oct 24 – 27 at the Laldighi ground and Awami League wanted to organise rallies from Oct 24 -26 at the same venue.
“We ban all rallies, meetings, processions, human chains and sit-in demonstrations for an indefinite period for the safety of the residents and to maintain law and order,” he said.
Chittagong City Awami League President ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury on Sunday called for a rally on Oct 25 at the Laldighi ground.
Several hours later, Chittagong City BNP leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury claimed that they had got permission to hold a rally on the same day at the same venue.
Meanwhile, Md Shamim Hossain, Assistant Superintendent of Police (Sadar) of Chittagong district, said they had requested for deployment of 200 BGB personnel in the district.
He said the border guards would continue their confidence-building patrols into Friday. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) troopers have been deployed in Rajshahi City to prevent possible acts of sabotage. Three BGB platoons started patrolling the metropolitan streets around 7:30pm on Thursday.
Rajshahi-37 Battalion Commander Lt Col Nazrul Islam said the situation in Rajshahi was calm. “But we are monitoring everything.”
He said three platoons had been deployed. “But we have two more on standby.”
The BGB personnel would prevent act swiftly to prevent any major incident of violence or disorder in the city and district, he said.
Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mahbubur Rahman said there was tension in the district ahead of the back-to-back programmes of the 14-Party alliance and 18-Party alliance scheduled for Friday.
“That’s why the BGB, along with the police and the RAB, have started patrolling since Thursday evening.” – bdnews24.com