Dhaka South City Corporation destroys seized formalin which unscrupulous traders use for increasing the shelf life of fruits and other food items. The photo was taken at a landfill in Demra yesterday. Photo: Rashed Shumon
Discussions are underway to set up formalin detection booths at the 236 kitchen markets in the capital, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Benazir Ahmed at a press conference in the DMP media centre yesterday.
The plan involves engaging students in testing food items for formalin at the booths, he said.
“Both customers and retailers can use the booths to check [food] products. The students can charge them a nominal fee and thereby earn some pocket-money.
Besides, the ongoing drive by police against chemical-laced fruits will continue, Benazir said.
Mobile courts of the Rapid Action Battalion and district and metropolitan magistrates will also rev up against selling of adulterated foods, he added.
The DMP commissioner said law enforcement agencies would take special measures across the capital to tighten security during the holy month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr.
With Eid shopping spree just around the corner, he urged citizens to refrain from erratic parking that could clog up the city streets.
“Do not parallel park in two or three lines, occupying the entire street,” Benazir said.
He also urged businessmen to notify police before carrying huge amounts of cash since muggers will be on the prowl to ambush them.
As transfer of cash increases during the holy month, mobile banking services can take the help of private security services to safeguard their agents against the heightened risk of mugging, the commissioner said.
Apart from uniformed police, plainclothes police officers will also patrol the capital, he added.
They will increase patrols in sensitive areas, including shopping malls, banks, wholesale and retail markets, mosques, and bus and rail stations, where incidents of extortion, mugging and robbery increase during Ramadan.
Moreover, a large number of community police will be deployed in the city to ensure security, the DMP commissioner said.