Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday said no situation has arisen in the country for which the US can update its security alert for its citizen here.“No incident has taken place here that may threaten security or no such a situation has arisen for which the US can update its travel alert for its citizens,” he said while talking to reporters at his Secretariat office.
On Saturday, the US Embassy in Dhaka updated its security message for American citizens in Bangladesh saying terrorist threat remains “real and credible”.
Kamal said the US did not provide the government any specific information or source of it for which they were prompted to update the travel alert.
He, however, said they did not take the issue lightly. “We’ve ensured adequate security in Dhaka city’s diplomatic zone and for all foreigners staying in Bangladesh.”
About the recent killings of two foreigners, the minister said the Prime Minister has already said the incidents are part of a foreign and local plot.
He said the two foreign nationals were killed to impede the country’s development and make the government embarrassed.
About security steps taken for smooth celebration of Durga Puja and holy Ashura, the Home Minister said the government has taken adequate security measures and put the law enforcers on alert so that no one can carry out any untoward incident during the two festivals at any place in the country, including the capital.
Besides, the minister said the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have also been kept on alert and they will go for action at any place anytime whenever necessary.
The Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of Hindus, began today (Sunday) while the holy Ashura, a religious mourning day for the Muslims, will be observed on October 24.
Replying to another question when the government will bring back Nur Hossain, the prime accused in the Narayanganj seven-murder cases, from India, Kamal said they are in touch with India over the matter.
“The day the Indian government will agree to repatriate him, we’ll bring him back on that day. We’re ready to receive him any time.”
On Oct 16, an Indian court has ordered extradition of Nur Hossain to Bangladesh by December 15 next.