Law enforcing agencies have successfully maintained law and order in the country before and after Eid, sacrificing their own joys.
Several intelligence agencies, including an influential one, had warned that some banned militant organizations may try to carry out terror attacks on Eid congregations to destabilize the government. Every year, a section of criminals becomes desperate to commit different kinds of crimes, including snatching, robbery and theft, when the city dwellers leave for their village homes leaving their houses in the cities totally vacant. But police this year took additional security measures to prevent such crimes during the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of the Muslim community. This is why criminals did not even dare to make attempt to carry out any offence. And the countrymen, especially city people, enjoyed the Eid without any major troubles.
Talking to Bangladesh Post on Saturday, Rajshahi Superintendent of Police (SP) Md Shahidullah said, “We took strict security measures at the main Eid congregation in the district to avert any untoward incident.” As per the headquarter directive, we had also instructed the volunteers at major Eid congregations to remain alert so that no suspicious outsiders can enter the Eidgah, he further said. Md Shahjahan Saju, ADC of DB (North) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police said, “We had to sacrifice our Eid celebration in the greater interest of the citizens.”
When the people remained busy with family and friends exchanging Eid greetings, we were on duty to keep the capital city safer," the senior detective officer added. Additional Deputy Commissioner of DMP (Wari Division) Iftekhairul Islam Ifti, who also had to sacrifice personal and family Eid celebration said, “We had not only increased the number of check posts in our division, but also increased the duration of checks” Normally, we give a two hour gap after every checking schedule. But to minimize every crime, we decreased the gap to an hour, he explained.
Besides, our patrol teams were patrolling the whole area with sirens to show police presence, the ADC further said. About the role of the senior officers like himself, he said, “We the senior officers had monitored all check posts and other security arrangements without any interruption to avoid any security lapse.” This year, over 100,000 law enforcers performed duties during the festival across the country while more than 10,000 law enforcers were deployed in the capital Dhaka to maintain security. During the festival, mosques, prayer grounds, important areas, and establishments were kept under surveillance. Police also provided security to shopping malls, and markets so that people could shop for their desired products. Important points on the highways had been brought under closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance. Police took measures against taking passengers on the roof of buses, and excess passengers in vessels on river ways.
Four-tier security measures were taken at Sholakia Eidgah Maidan, where over a thousand law enforcers were deployed to maintain security.