No Baishakhi events after 6pm: Home Minister

DHAKA, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan today urged

all concerned to refrain from arranging any cultural programme after 6 pm on

the day of Pahela Baishakh celebration on April 14 for security reasons.

The law enforcement agencies will remain vigilant so that no one can

continue any programme at open places after 6 pm and no one will be allowed

to enter the programme after 5 pm, he told journalists after a meeting at

his office in the capital.

Public security division secretary Mostafa Kamal Uddin, Inspector

General of Police (IGP) Dr Javed Patwary and chiefs of different police units

as well as intelligence agencies were present at the meeting.

The minister said the meeting decided to ban the use of Vuvuzeala and

masks on faces during the 'Mangal Shovajatra', a mass procession that takes

place at dawn on the first day of the Bengali New Year.

The government has arranged tight security across the country including

Ramna Batamul, Rabindra Sarobar, Hatirjheel, Bangabandhu International

Conference Centre (BICC) and other public gatherings for smooth celebration

of the Pahela Baishakh, said Asaduzzaman, also a freedom fighter.

We have taken all measures to ensure a foolproof security for smooth

and peaceful celebration of the traditional Pahela Baishakhlaw enforcement

agencies have been asked to beef up security at celebration venues, he said.

The minister said adequate numbers of closed circuit cameras and watch

towers would be installed on all the important spots with deployment of

additional law enforcement agencies on the day to avert any unwanted


Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), Rapid Action Battalion, Special Branch

of Police, Criminal Investigation Department and Plain Clothe as well as

Battalion Police will be deployed and metal detector archways would be placed

at all the major celebration venues on the day, he said.

He said authorities will monitor the social media like Facebook, Twitter

and YouTube to avert misuse of those social media.

The minister said mobile courts, petrol teams, surveillance teams and

helicopters would monitor the Baishakhi programmes to avert untoward

situation. Besides, fire service rescue teams will be deployed at different


Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)