Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday said it has taken heightened security measures centring on Pahela Baishakh celebrations.
“SWAT and bomb disposal units, and special teams of detective branch will be deployed,” said Asaduzzaman Mia, DMP commissioner, while addressing reporters at DMP Media Centre on Minto Road. “No one can enter the Mangal Shobhajatra in the middle as the procession will be escorted by police,” he said.
Carrying bags will be restricted during the celebration. If anyone is seen smoking at public places around the venue, mobile courts will take actions.
No one will be allowed to wear masks during the programme but they will be allowed to carry those, said the DMP boss. “This time, there will be an evacuation plan… so that if any untoward situation takes place, people can be evacuated quickly. Nearby hospitals will be kept ready…,”
On Saturday, traffic movement will be restricted on seven routes.:Banglamotor-Ruposhi Bangla-Shahbagh-TSC-Doyel Chattar, Ruposhi Bangla intersection-Kakrail-Matsya Bhaban-Kadam Foara, Matsya Bhaban-Shahbagh-Katabon, Palashi intersection-Shaheed Minar-High Court crossing, Bakshibazar-Shaheed Minar, Nilkhet-TSC and DU Shahidullah Hall crossing-Doyel Chattar. This year, DMP will also take part in the celebration. Law enforcers will distribute sweets and flowers at entry points of Ramna, Suhrawardy Udyan and Rabindra Sarobar.