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Security tightened in capital centering 31st Night

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 05:08 PM, 31 December 2020  

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The law enforcement has tightened security in the capital to avoid an unanticipated or unpleasant situation centering the Thirty-first (31st) Night, the last night of the English year 2020. For this, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is deploying 10,000 police personnel.

According to sources, not only 10,000 police personnel have been deployed, but also white-clad detectives are monitoring various important installations and areas. A security tier has been set up in the Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara area. Besides, no outsiders will be allowed to enter the area on the night of the Thirty-first or 31st. 

Due to the global pandemic coronavirus (Covid-19) situation, the new year will be celebrated in a different manner. No formalities are being celebrated this year. No programs will be arranged in open spaces. 

Law enforcers are conducting security check while entering the elite areas of the capital like Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara. At this time, many people have to face various queries from the members of the law enforcement agencies.

The police officials engaged in the security check said that searches are being carried out at various places in the capital, including elite areas, to avoid any unwanted incident.

“Amtali and Banani Road No. 27 would be kept open from 8:00 pm to enter the Gulshan-Baridhara-Banani area. All the other roads will be closed,” said Sudip Kumar Chakraborty, Deputy Commissioner of Police of Gulshan area.

“Everything is being closely monitored. Police in white-clad will be on standby alongside the bomb disposal unit, SWAT team and members of various intelligence agencies. Besides, there will be surveillance, mobile patrolling, hotel-centric special deployments from high-rise buildings. Moreover, there will be special security measures in the diplomatic area,” he added.

Meanwhile, outsiders have been barred from entering the Dhaka University (DU) area, except the residents living in the DU area, since 6:00 pm on Thursday.

DU Proctor Professor AKM Golam Rabbani said the university hall was closed due to COVID. So there will be fewer students on the campus. “No one will be allowed to enter the campus without any need,” he added.

On the other hand, Lieutenant Colonel Ashique Billah, director of law and media branch of RAB, said, “It is better to celebrate Thirtyfirst Night from our respective positions amid the COVID crisis, for this, three-tier surveillance is being carried out. There will also be white-clad surveillance, patrols in plain clothes and cyber monitoring to prevent propaganda on social media.”