Port City prepares for PM’s first AL rally in 10 years amid tight security
Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) has taken strict security measures marking the ruling Awami League's upcoming rally in the Port City on December 4, when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to be present as chief guest. Three layers of security will be established around the rally venue at Railway Polo Ground, CMP Commissioner Krishnapad Roy told reporters after visiting it on Tuesday. The CMP commissioner said, “We are on high alert marking the PM’s rally in the city.” Read more: DMP gives BNP 26 conditions for holding Dec 10 rally at Dhaka's Suhrawardy Udyan PM Hasina last addressed an AL rally in the Port City on March 28, 2012 at the same venue. Around 7,500 policemen will be deployed across the city. Among them, 6,000 members will be in charge of security in the entire Chattogram city including the polo ground. Another 1,500 policemen will be deployed outside the city to strengthen the security, he added. "We are keeping an eye on everything. So we can say that there is no news or fear of sabotage.” Meanwhile, the stage construction work is underway at the venue. The construction of the 160 feet long 'boat-shaped' stage started on November 15. Read more:PM instructed to move BCL council from Dec 8 to 6 to facilitate BNP’s Dhaka rally: Quader Awami League leaders are expecting that about 10 lakh people will join the rally. Awami League presidium member and former minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain said, “In the last 14 years, the Prime Minister has made a lot of progress in Chattogram. People will spontaneously join the rally to express gratitude for this development.” The Polo Ground will become a human sea on December 4 due to the rally, hoped the veteran AL leader. Several initiatives have been taken by the City Corporation to welcome the Prime Minister in the city, said Chattogram City Corporation Mayor Rezaul Karim. The Police Commissioner said that the Special Security Force (SSF), which is responsible for the PM's security, is supervising the entire arrangement of the rally. As per their suggestion, there will be police in plain clothes along with uniformed police. Besides, there will be CCTV cameras and drones. In short, there will be maximum security throughout the city. Those who will come to the procession on the day of the rally, where to park their cars will be informed later, he added.
Jashore gears up for PM’s rally Thursday amid tight security
The leaders and activists of Awami League (AL) are preparing to hold the party’s rally in Jashore on Thursday when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to be present as chief guest. A boat-shaped stage has already been prepared at the rally venue at Jashore Stadium. The law enforcement agencies and district administration deployed Rapid Action Battalion’s (Rab) dog squad with other precautions from Tuesday to ensure security as around “10 lakh” people are expected to join the rally. Read more: Don’t harm nature during project implementation: PM Hasina Jashore District Awami League senior vice-president and convener of stage decoration sub-committee Abdul Majid said they were ready to make the rally successful. Jashore District AL President Shahidul Islam Milon said the people of the district and the southern region are eagerly waiting to hear the speech of the Prime Minister. Expecting the Jashore stadium to be a human sea tomorrow, Milon said additional preparations have also been made to hold the rally in an orderly and festive atmosphere. “The PM’s rally in Jashore will prove that the Awami League is against anarchy and chaos. And the party is determined to take the country forward in line with the spirit of the Liberation War,” said the AL leader. Read more: PM Hasina hails the Armed Forces for standing by the people : PM A team of 400 volunteers has been formed to make the rally a success. The members of this committee will assist those coming to the rally, said District AL Secretary for Relief and Social Welfare Affairs and convener of Discipline and Volunteer Sub-Council Sukhen Majumdar. Preparations for drinking water and sanitation at the rally in Jashore Stadium connecting the field of Abdur Razzak College have also been completed properly, said the district’s Public Health Engineering Directorate Executive Engineer Zahid Parvez. From Jashore airport to the stadium, the walls of public-private and autonomous institutions have been painted in different colours with the PM's speech and various slogans of the party. Repair work of the damaged road has already been completed. Read more: Bangladesh has changed a lot under Awami League govt: PM Hasina Jashore Sadar Traffic Inspector Subhendu Kumar Munshi said 12 specific routes have been allowed to reach the venue. No vehicles will enter the city on the day of the rally. Around 20 parking areas have been selected as per the target of district Awami League, he added.
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