No security threat on 31st night: Kamal

DHAKA There is no specific threat centering

tomorrow's 31st night to be celebrated across the country on December 31,

said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.

However, special security measures have been taken in the country for

peaceful celebration of the night, he said this while addressing the Annual

General Meeting (AGM) of Crime Reporters' Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) as

the chief guest in city.

Director General of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Dr Benazir Ahmed

addressed the AGM as special guest while CRAB President Abul Khair presided

over it.

Among others, former CRAB presidents Modhusudan Mandol, Abul Hossian,

Fakhrul Alam Kanchan, Pervez Khan, Khairuzzaman Kamal, Isharraf Hossain Isha,

CRAB Secretary Dipu Sarwar, DRU President Rafiqul Islam Azad also spoke in

the meeting, which was moderated by Organizing Secretary of CRAB Rashed

Nizam.

The home minister has sounded a note of warning that no musical events

will be allowed in open places on the occasion of 31st night celebration, he

said, adding, Our law enforcement agencies have remained alert to face any

situation.

Law enforcement agencies have taken stringent security measures so that

New Year celebration can take place peacefully, he said. The home minister

said, Police can face any kind of challenges as they are now more capable

and efficient.

The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working

relentlessly with a firm resolve to establish a crime and militancy-free

society, the home minister said.

Kamal said the government has banned musical activities including

fireworks in the open sky after 6pm from December 31 to January 1. Besides,

all bars will remain closed at night from December 30 to January 1 till 6 pm.

Besides, carrying all kinds of arms will also be prohibited during the

time and stern action will be taken if anyone tries to create anarchy

centering the December 31 night, he added.

Addressing the AGM, RAB DG Dr Benazir Ahmed said RAB members will also

patrol in the city's important areas moreover, security measures will be

intensified in the diplomatic areas in the city including Baridhara and

Gulshan on the occasion of 31st December.

We are working by analyzing the security measures on 31st night and the

eve of New Year. RAB members will ensure security for peaceful celebration of

the night but none will be allowed to cross limits, he said.

Dr Benazir urged all, specially the journalists' community to remain alert

about rumours or fake news on social media.

Referring to militancy and terrorism, he urged Islamic or religious

scholars to elaborately discuss about Islam and its principles because Islam

does not allow killing of any people.

As per security measures on December 31 night, additional members of law

enforcement agencies including intelligence agency and RAB members will be

deployed on the 31st night.

The movement of all vehicles (except vehicles carrying sticker) has been

restricted on the Dhaka University premises on December 31. The RAB members

will also patrol in the city's important areas.

Following the 'zero tolerance policy' against militancy and terrorism, the

law enforcing agencies are on high alert and vigilant to deal with the

extremists and militants with an iron hand.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)