Tight security measures taken ahead of Feb 21: DMP chief

Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Mohammad Shafiqul Islam speaks on Shaheed Minar premises on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. — UNB photo
Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Mohammad Shafiqul Islam on Wednesday said that a four-tier security arrangement would be in and around the Central Shaheed Minar to ensure smooth observance of the International Mother Language Day and Shaheed Dibosh on February 21.
There was no possibility of any militant attack and act of sabotage centring the day, he said.
While talking to reporters after visiting the Shaheed Minar, the DMP chief said those who would come to pay tributes to the Language Movement martyrs would have to enter the Shaheed Minar premises through archways and no one would be allowed to enter the area without check.
Besides, CCTV cameras and watchtowers would be installed to keep the entire area under police surveillance while plainclothes police alongside the regular one would be deployed to ensure security, he said.
Members of Special Weapons and Tactics and Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime units as well as a dog squad would remain deployed to instantly tackle any untoward incident, Shafiqul said.
Highest security measures had been taken for the president and the prime minister as they would pay their homage to the Language Movement martyrs at Shaheed Minar, he said.
The DMP commissioner also urged general people to follow the route map issued by the DMP to help maintain the law and order.
On Friday, the nation will pay homage to the 1952 Language Movement martyrs who laid down their lives for recognising Bangla as one of the state languages of erstwhile Pakistan.

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