Stringent security measure on 31st night

No threat of militant attack

Law enforcers have planned a stringent security measure on 31st night for peaceful observance of the day. They will provide all possible security measures to ensure peaceful and smooth celebration of the New Year’s Eve. Regarding security arrangement ahead of the Old Year’s Night, law enforcing agencies said there is no specific threat of militant attack targeting the 31st night.

However, they are taking foolproof security measures keeping all possible risks in mind. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday also warned that no musical events will be allowed in open places on the night of December 31. He also said all bars will remain closed from the night of 30 December till 6pm of 1 January 2020. Besides, carrying all kinds of arms will also be prohibited during this time, the minister said earlier on Saturday.

He further said that the government has also banned musical programmes, including fireworks from 6pm of 31 December to 1 January 2020. “Stern action will be taken if anyone tries to create anarchy while celebrating the 31st night. The government will ensure tight security across the country,” the home minister said.

Additional members of law enforcement agencies including intelligence agency and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members will be deployed on this occasion to avert any unpleasant incident. The minister further said the movement of all vehicles (except vehicles carrying sticker) have been restricted on Dhaka University premises on 31 December.

Besides, security measures will be intensified in the diplomatic zones, including Baridhara and Gulshan areas, he added. Following the zero tolerance policy against militancy and terrorism, the law enforcing agencies have been alerted and asked to be vigilant while dealing with the extremists and militants.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government has been working relentlessly with a firm resolve to establish a crime and militancy-free society,” the home minister said.