Security beefed up in city
Wednesday 18 November, 2015 12:00:00 am
Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) – Security has been beefed up in the capital ahead of the countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal called by Jamaat-e-Islami for Thursday.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members were deployed from 6pm on Wednesday to avert any untoward incident while Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) took all-out measures to maintain the law and order in the capital during hartal hours.
Jamaat called the hartal protesting the Supreme Court (SC) verdict that upheld the death penalty of war criminal Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed.
The strike was announced in a statement published on Jamaat’s website hours after the SC order on the review petition of Mojaheed against his death penalty on Wednesday. The statement was signed by Jamaat acting ameer Makbul Ahmad.
Contacted, Deputy Commissioner (Media) of DMP Muntashirul Islam said additional 10,000 policemen will be deployed in the capital from early Thursday to ensure security during the hartal hours.
Besides, plain-clothes police will remain standby with still and video cameras at a number of strategic city points to identify the offenders who would try to create anarchy during the daylong hartal.
Sources at the BGB headquarters said BGB members have been deployed alongside other law enforcing agencies in the capital in the evening to maintain the law and order. They will be on patrol till early Thursday.
The SC on Wednesday upheld its previous judgment on Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed, rejecting his plea for reviewing death penalty for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.