Dhaka-Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) will start special drive in the capital from early Sunday to ensure smooth observances of Durga puja as well as the Holy Muharram.
The special operation will continue till October 21.
Durga Puja, one of biggest religious festival from Hindu community, will start from tomorrow (Sunday) and it will be ended on October 22 night through Idol emersion, while the holy Ashura, one of religious mourning day for the Muslim, will be observed on October 24.
Some 28,500 Puja Mandaps will be set up across the country, including 222 puja mandaps in Dhaka city for celebrating Durga puja.
A senior officer of DMP said the law enforcement agencies, including Detective Branch (DB), were asked to collect intelligence if there is any threat to destabilize the situation of the capital targeting the two religious programmes.
Law enforcers were also instructed to take instant action plan to foil attempt if there is any apprehension against Durga Puja in between October 18-22 as well as during the Tajia procession, which will be brought out to mark the observance of 10th Muharram well known as the Holy Ashura on Thursday next, the Officer said preferring not to mention his name.
Besides, collecting intelligence, the drive will be conducted for Warrant execution, against listed criminals and illegal firearms in the capital, the officer added.
He also said that block raids, foot and motorcycle patrolling and check posts will be intensified in the city as part of ensuring foolproof security to avert any unpleasant incident in the capital during the two religious programmes.
Contacted, Deputy Commissioner (Media) of DMP Muntashirul Islam said some times police conduct special operation as part of its ensuring security measures for the city dwellers.
“ Police has already intensified its security for the celebration of Durga Puja as well as the Holy Ashura,” the DC (Media) added.
Home Minister Assaduzzaman Khan Kamal in last week said Law enforcers have been already instructed to ensure security during Durga puja utilizing last year’s experiences.
Adequate security measures have already been taken ahead of Durga Puja and the Holy Ashura. Security will be ensured during Durga Puja keeping in mind the killings of the two foreign nationals as well as other aspects, the Home Minister added.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque in a meeting held at the Police Headquarters on October 6 police officers and other law enforcement agencies have to remain alert so that no untoward incident happens while making idols, celebrating Durga Puja and immersing idols.
He also directed the field level officers to remain watchful so that no vested quarter can jeopardise the law and order situation centring on the Hindu festival.-News desk