Dhaka on alert to face opposition marchers
Security has been beefed up in each and every point of the capital today centring the BNP-led 18-party opposition combine's 'March for Democracy'.
Police check posts have been installed to guard the eight entry points of the capital so that "unexpected persons" could not sneak through the security barriers.
Access of all capital-bound vehicles was limited there and people had to go through searching measure.
The busy city streets wore a deserted look like Eid holidays as the government apparently restricted movement of buses. The launch and train services were also limited.
The city dwellers, who usually witness a bustling environment, saw that additional law enforcers have been deployed in all key points including roads and intersections.
Plainclothes detectives also remained vigilant while members of Rapid Action Battalion, armed forces and Border Guard Bangladesh were also deployed to work as striking force.
Meanwhile, additional law enforcers have also been deployed in front of the Gulshan residence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Five sand-laden trucks were seen on the road in front of the entry point of the house.
On the other hand, additional police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel were also deployed in Nayapaltan central office of the BNP.
Traffic movements in Mirpur, Gabtoli, Amin Bazar areas were very thin since morning as most of the transport owners kept their vehicles off the roads from yesterday.
Observing the total situation in the areas our correspondent informed that police posts were installed there to check whether miscreants are heading to the march venue from the outskirts areas of the capital.
Our correspondent also found that people riding motorcycles were restricted from entering the city through Amin Bazar and Gabtoli, another entry points of the capital.
Passersby mainly youths, whoever he might be, are also being restricted to enter the city.
Another The Daily Star correspondent reported that only CNG-run auto-rickshaws and rickshaws were plying on road in Jatrabari.
Reporters from Kachpur and Babu Bazar areas also observed similar situation in the morning.