Dhaka, Bangladesh
No programme after 6pm Baishakhi bash under restrictions

No programme after 6pm Baishakhi bash under restrictions

All concerned were urged by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan to refrain from arranging any cultural programme after 6:00pm 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 on Wednesday. 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 the minister. 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 incident. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), Rapid Action Battalion, Special Branch of Police, Criminal Investigation Department and plainclothes as well as Battalion Police will be deployed and metal-detector archways would be placed at all the major celebration venues on the day. 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 points. The government will also go for monitoring social media sites in a bid to make the celebration programs marking upcoming Bangla New Year safe.The move was initiated so that none can spread rumor or violence marking Pahela Baishakh, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal . "We have taken all measures to ensure a fool-proof security for smooth and peaceful celebration of the traditional Pahela Baishakh…law enforcement agencies have been asked to beef up security at celebration venues," he said.

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