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12:00 AM, June 03, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, June 03, 2019

Tight security measures at Sholakia Eidgah

The authorities have taken a four-tier security measure as tens of thousands of devotees from different parts of the district and outside are expected to gather at Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj to attend the largest Eid congregation in the country.

On the Eid day on July 7 in 2016, an attack near the Eidgah left two on duty policemen, a woman and a suspected assailant dead.

CCTV and two open circuit cameras have been installed at 64 points in and outside the ground to monitor the area, said Kishoreganj Superintendent of Police (SP) Md Mashrukur Rahman Khaled.

Around 1200 policemen, both in uniform and plainclothes, 100 personnel of Rapid Action Battalion and five platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh members will be deployed around the Eidgah and its adjacent areas, said the SP.

Mobile teams, led by 15 magistrates, will also be on duty on the Eid day, he said, adding that units of Fire Service and Civil Defense, medical teams and ambulances will also be part of the precautionary measures.

On July 10 in 2016, police sued two suspected militants and some other unnamed people for the attack.

Mohammad Shamsuddin, the then officer-in-charge of Pakundia Police Station, filed the case with Kishoreganj Sadar Police Station under Anti-Terrorism Act 2009.

Police pressed a charge sheet against five operatives of outlawed Neo JMB (Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh) in connection with the attack on September 12 last year.

The charge-sheeted accused are Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, 32, Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan, 60, Abdus Sabur Khan alias Sohel Mahfuz, 33, Jahidul Haque Tanim 24, and Anwar Hossain, 45.

All five are now behind bars, said Toufiqul Islam, court inspector of Kishoreganj.

Islamic thinker Maulana Farid Uddin Masoud, also the imam of the largest Eid congregation, was the target of the attack for his anti-militancy speech and activities.

Expressing his satisfaction over security measures, Gourango Nath Bhowmik, husband of Sholakia attack victim Jharna Rani Bhoumik, said they want no further untoward incident.

He also demanded speedy trial of the accused.

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