3-tier security for Biswa Ijtema
A three-tier security system including helicopter patrol and close-circuit television (CCTV) monitoring has been set up at and around the Biswa Ijtema venue at Tongi. The three-day congregation is starting from tomorrow.
Around 11,000 security personnel from the Police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), Armed Police Battalion (APB), Ansar and several hundred members of various intelligence agencies will be deployed for the second largest Muslim congregation.
A total of 800 Rab personnel would work round the clock dividing the venue into five sectors.
Several mobile courts and bomb disposal units from the army and Rab and plain clothed law enforcers will also be at the venue.
Police Superintendent of Gazipur Abdul Baten told The Daily Star that over 10,000 police would be deployed in and around the Ijtema ground while 48 CCTVs and 30 video cameras had been installed at different strategic points.
Major Masud Parvez, chief of the control room of the Ijtema security said helicopters, speedboats and motorised vehicles would be operative to ensure security.
Police and Rab sources said the law enforcers would search the devotees at five checkpoints.
More than two million devotees from across the country and world are expected to be at the Ijtema ground, a five-square kilometre area on the Turag.
Organisers' sources said more than 400 devotees from India, Pakistan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Malaysia, America and Philippine have already reached the Ijtema ground.
Meanwhile, the organisers have divided the Ijtema ground into 31 khittas and set up 50 medical teams. BRTC shuttle bus service and 44 special trains will be accommodated for the devotees.
The authorities have imposed restrictions on vehicular movement on several routes in and around the city for 24 hours from Friday 6:00pm for Ijtema.
These roads include Pragati Sarani crossing to Tongi-Gazipur crossing, Abdullahpur-Ashulia-Baipail crossing road, Mirpur road-Beribadh, Mirpur Zoo-Beribadh and Pallabi Eastern Housing-Beribadh road.
Ghorashal-Markul road via Kaliganj-Pubail will remain open to traffic during the period.
Vehicles heading towards Dhaka from Ghorashal have been asked to use Kanchpur-Jatrabari road.
All vehicles except for emergency services, Uttara residents, air-passengers and crew have been asked to take Mirpur-Savar road as an alternative to New Airport Road.
Devotees reaching on foot will have to use Airport Golchattar-Azampur-Abdullahpur road and seven bailey bridges set up on the Turag and Kamranga Bridge, avoiding Tongi Bridge.