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Foolproof security for city polls

Published : 31 Jan 2020 09:48 PM | Updated : 05 Sep 2020 11:48 PM

Law enforcing agencies have already started enforcing their special plans on additional security measures for the Dhaka city polls. As per the decision of the police headquarters, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is working as the prime law enforcing agency to ensure security for the polls.

However, the anti-crime elite force Rapid Action Battalion ( RAB) is also providing foolproof security in and outside the polling centers. DMP sources said, they have already set up large numbers of check posts in different parts of the city. And at all the entrances of the capital city, additional forces have been deployed.

They have begun searching the luggage of the passengers at all bus terminals in the city. Some police personnel are also checking bodies of the suspicious passengers both manually and with metal detectors. Female police personnel are checking female passengers.

DMP is also conducting special drives targeting motor bikers across the capital Dhaka. They are seizing the illegal motorbikes and bringing them to the local police stations. Besides, DMP and RAB personnel have enhanced their patrolling in the city. But extraordinary security measures have been taken in the diplomatic area.

This is for the first time in the city polls, DMP and RAB are monitoring social networking sites to stop circulating of propaganda using online platforms. Election Commission sources said, police forces have already arrived in all polling centers for providing security for the polling staff and materials. Some police personnel were seen guarding the polls equipment.

They have restricted all unauthorized persons from entering the polling centers. Besides uniform police and RAB members, large numbers of plainclothesmen are working. Various intelligence agencies also started their groundworks to asses the possible security risks.

As per the home ministry notification which was issued on January 27, police are not allowing anyone to carry and display legal weapons from January 30 midnight to February 3 midnight. Members of the BGB are also patrolling in the city to avert any untoward incident.

They will continue to patrol the city till February 2, a senior BGB officer said. Two platoons of BGB forces have been kept alert per ward and 10 platoons have been kept stand by as reserved forces. Assistant Inspector General (Media and Public Relations) Mir Sohel Rana said, “There is no specific threats of militant attack centering the city polls But we shall remain alert to avert any untoward incident, he added.

DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam said, “Some thirty thousand members of Dhaka Metropolitan Police will be deployed for election duty. Among them, ten thousand will work as striking force.”