Home Minister Asaduzzaman Kamal said law enforcement agencies enforced a strict vigil to ensure security of the Biswa Ijtema later this week at the suburban Tongi.
“All measures have already been taken to ensure the security so the devotees could safely reach the Ijtema ground, perform their activities and return home,” he told newsmen while visiting the Ijtema ground on the bank of the river Turag, at Tongi, on the outskirts of the capital city on Tuesday.
The two phases 51st Biswa Ijtema will be held from January 8 to 10 and January 11 to 14.
“We have taken measures keeping the international standard of security . . . law enforcement agencies have been put on the highest alert particularly against the possible militant assaults,” Kamal said.
Gazipur’s police superintendent Harunur Rashid, meanwhile, said around 5,000 policemen would be deployed in and around the Ijtema ground during the event while “plainclothesmen will take position in 16 khitta (zones) inside the pandel in guise of devotees”.
“A central control room, five branches of control rooms, 60 closed circuit camera televisions (CCTVs) and 10 archways have already been installed on the ground to make the security foolproof,” he said.
Twenty magistrates will perform their duties to maintain the law and order while two mobile courts will conduct drive against adulteration, he also said.
Liberation War Affairs Minister and president of Gazipur district Awami League AKM Mozammel Haq, Gazipur-2 (Tongi) constituency lawmaker Zahid Ahshan Russell, deputy inspector general (DIG) of Dhaka range SM Mahfuzul Haque Nuruzzaman also spoke at a rally at the scene coinciding with their visit, according to UNB. – DH