Strict security measures have been taken across the country to avert any untoward during the celebration of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bengali New Year-1424 on Friday (April 14, 2017).
"We have taken all out measures to ensure a fool-proof security for a smooth and peaceful celebration of the traditional Pahela Baishakh," said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, reports state-owned BSS.
Additional forces of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and plainclothes from intelligence agencies will be deployed in Dhaka particularly in Ramna Batamul, Dhaka University, Suhrawardi Udyan and Rabindra Sarobar areas for celebration of the Pahela Baishakh.
Besides, check posts will be set up at the strategic points including every entry and exit points of the capital city to avert any untoward incident.
Several closed- circuit camera televisions (CCTVs), archways, metal detectors and observation towers will be installed in Ramna Batamul area.
Bombs disposal units and dog squads will be also be deployed. None will be allowed to enter the main venue without security search.
Mongol Shobhajatra, the colourful and traditional procession, trademark of the Pahela Baishakh celebrations, will be thoroughly escorted by the law enforcers to avoid any untoward situation.
Moreover, a special police team will be deployed to check eve-teasing.
For making the security foolproof, no one will be allowed to wear masks, but can be held on hands, and bring or carry any kinds of bag, bundle, musk, umbrella, arms and knives at the venues of function or during the Mongol Shobhajatra.
However, organisers of open-air programmes in Ramna, Suhrawardy Udyan and Rabindra Sarobar areas have been asked to shut the events by 5:00pm while indoor celebrations can be held under permission.
The vehicles having Dhaka University stickers will be allowed to enter the campus from 6:00pm on April 13 to 9:00pm on April 14.