Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Md Shafiqul Islam on Sunday said adequate security measures have been taken to ensure foolproof security ahead of the Amar Ekushey Book Fair.
He made this remark while talking to journalists about the overall security measures at Suhrawardy Uddyan in the capital city Dhaka.
The city police boss further said closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will cover every inch space of Ekushey Book Fair and adjacent areas aimed at ensuring flawless security.
Every inches of the book fair has been brought under CCTV surveillance and plainclothes police will be deployed alongside regular police members, said Shafiqul.
He also said that security will be ensured centering book fair as well as Shaheed Minar and Shahbagh-Nilkhet, as Amar Ekushey Book Fair is a fair of Bengalis’ heart.
Adequate checking teams will be deployed in the areas, said the DMP Boss. Book fair is a festival like Pahela Baishakh and ensuring security at the fair is one of the biggest responsibilities of DMP, he added.
No vehicles will be allowed at book fair premises and there will be six entrances, he said adding everyone should enter the fair venue through the archway after checking by metal detector.
Police will patrol the areas in vehicles and motorbikes and CTTC, Bomb Disposal Unit, Crime Scene Van and dog squad will kept alert to tackle any situation, he said.
A medical team and fire fighters will be kept ready at the fair premises.
Senior officials of law enforcement agencies will visit the book fair venue and check the overall security.
He also urged people to wear masks and maintain health guidelines when visiting book fair.
Mobile teams will conduct drives to ensure use of masks and they will also check vaccine certificates of those who will stay in stalls, said the DMP commissioner.
Replying to a question about any possible security threat, the DMP boss said, “It is quite normal that the court judgment in blogger Avijit Roy murder case enraged the militants. So, we have taken all necessary measure taking these issues under consideration.”
The Ekushey book fair will begin on Tuesday.