Durga Puja Mandap
Adequate arrangements have been made to ensure security for the celebration of Durga Puja without any trouble, said newly-appointed Director General of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) M Khurshid Hossain on Monday. “We are doing cyber monitoring. Intelligence surveillance has become greater than any time before,” he said after inspecting the security measures of the Puja Mandap at Banani in Dhaka. He said there was no specific threat from any quarters despite reports that 50 to 60 young men have remained missing while intelligence officials suspect that they have joined radical groups. Read: Keep vigil against vandalism during Durga Puja: Obaidul Quader asks AL members “No matter how smart they are, they will not succeed,” he said adding that security officials are monitoring the activities of the missing young men who left their homes and remained traceless. “At the end of the puja, we wish to see some good results. We are working on it,” he said. Rab has reinforced intelligence surveillance across the country since September 25 to ensure overall security during Durga Puja. Read Palbari Puja Mandap in Sherpur: Sign of communal harmony for over a century Rab members have been deployed to strengthen security from October 1 to October 6. Apart from carrying out sweeping operations at various important places including Puja mandaps, Rab’s bomb disposal unit is working round the clock for any situation, said the DG. This year, the Durga Puja began on Saturday, with the incarnation (bodhon) of the Goddess in temples across the country. Read With scars from 2021, Cumilla sees tighter security for Durga Puja The five-day Durga Puja festival will culminate with the immersion of idols on October 5. Close to 8 percent of Bangladesh’s more than 160 million people are Hindu.