No open function on 31st night: home minister

Special security for diplomatic areas, hotels hosting foreign guests

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:20, Dec 14,2017


Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday said no open function would be allowed on 31st night and no outsider would be allowed to enter the posh areas of Gulshan, Baridhara, Banani and Dhaka University area after 8:00pm of the night.
He informed the government decision at a press briefing at his secretariat office after presiding over a meeting with different stakeholders to keep law and order situation normal during X-mas day and 31st night.
The minister said that the government would arrange special security measures in the diplomatic areas of the city and hotels hosting foreign guests on the two days.
More than 5,000 members of law enforcing agencies as well as plainclothes officials would be deployed to ensure security of the churches and Christian localities in the city, he said.
‘The members of Border Guard Bangladesh and Ansar Bahini would be kept ready so that they can respond promptly, if needed,’ he said.
Though open programmes were prohibited on 31st night, indoor programmes would be allowed and the law enforcers would ensure security of the programme venues, if needed, he said.
‘All the bars in the city would remain closed from 31st evening till 5:00am on Januray 1, 2017,’ Asaduzzaman said, adding that none would be allowed to dance or sing in open places.
He informed that the four big churches at Tejgaon, Mirpur, Banani and Kakrail, out of a total of 75 churches in the city, would be kept under tight security along with archway, metal detectors and CCTV to ensure that any untoward incident would not occur. 

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