HITTAGONG – Brisk preparations are afoot to welcome the Bengali New Year 1423, popularly called Pahela Boishakh, tomorrow.Socio-cultural organisations including the district administration have chalked out an elaborate programme to celebrate the day to be participated by the people of all sects, religions and opinions. The law enforcement agencies have taken extensive security measures in the city and district for celebration in a cheerful and festive environment.
Police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have taken special steps to tighten security in the city and its adjacent district. The authorities took decision to deploy 3650 police personnel and nearly 250 RAB members for uninterrupted celebration of Pahela Boishakh in the city and district. CMP sources said, they would deploy 2250 police personnel at 92 points and set up 32 check posts in different strategic places in the city.All entry and exit points of the city are being monitored round-the-clock, sources added. RAB will also deploy over 250 personnel in different strategic areas in Chittagong city and district to maintain law and order, RAB sources added. RAB personnel will be deployed in close proximity of the check-posts and they will extend security assistance to police, besides protecting all key point installations (KPIs) in and around the city.Abdul Awal, Additional Superintendent of Police (Special Branch) of Chittagong district said they will also keep alert over 1500 police personnel at important places including upazila headquarters on the occasion.Special security measures will be taken especially at the large Boishakhi Mela venues at DC Hill, CRB area, Shilpakala Academy, Foy’s Lake, Patenga Sea Beach, Chittagong Zoo, Swadhinata Park, Chittagong Port, Naval Museum and Shishu Park.A ‘Mongol Shovajatra’ organised by district administration will be brought out in the city tomorrow to be participated by people from all walks of life.bss