Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Sunday that all major venues for Eid-ul-Fitr prayers would be guarded by law enforcers.
He, however, claimed that there was no specific extremist threat at the moment.
‘We have decided to provide police protection to each of the major Eid prayer venues across the country… to this end, they have already started working,’ the minister said after a two-hour closed-door meeting at the Secretariat with the chiefs and representatives of all law enforcing and intelligence agencies.
Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated either on June 26 or June 27, depending on the sighting of the moon.
Asaduzzaman said that the entire national Eidgah would be brought under the video surveillance of closed-circuit television and necessary security would be arranged for Baitul Mukarram national mosque.
On July 7, 2016, four people, that included two police personnel, a woman and a suspected assailant, were killed in an extremist attack near Sholakia Eidgah where hundreds of thousands had gathered for the Eid congregation.
Asked whether there was any specific extremist threat ahead of the first anniversary of the July 1 Gulshan cafe attack, the minister said, ‘Bangladesh is in a better position than many other countries. There is no threat at this moment.’
He, however, added that if any untoward incident took place, the security forces were kept ready to fight that situation.
The minister said that they would ensure the readymade garment workers were given Eid holidays in phases in June 22-25 and that all of their festival allowances and benefits were duly paid.
During the Eid holidays, security would be beefed up at each of the points in the capital, especially in the diplomatic zone at Gulshan, the minister said.
He also informed that district and highway police had been asked to coordinate continuous traffic movements on the roads, but in case of road damages caused by heavy rains, the roads and highways department had been asked to make repairs urgently.
The minister said that they had also requested railways and shipping ministries to increase the frequency of their journeys in the face of expected heavy rains. ‘No makeshift market on the highways will be allowed,’ he said.
Rapid Action Battalion would increase its vigilance while Border Guard Bangladesh and Ansar members would work separately to protect the people, Asaduzzaman assured.
The river police would call the Coast Guard in case of any major incident, he added.
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