DMP chief says permission for both rallies tomorrow will be given after ensuring adequate security forces
Permission to hold both rallies -- called by BNP and 3 AL associate bodies -- tomorrow (July 28, 2023) will be given if there are enough law enforcers to ensure law and order situation, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Khandaker Golam Faruk said today (July 27, 2023). “A large number of law enforcers will be on duty to ensure security for the Tajia procession on Holy Ashura and two VVIP movements, and permission for holding the rallies will be given depending on the availability of adequate law enforcers,” he said while speaking at a press briefing held at DMP Headquarters. On July 29, the Shia community will observe the religious festival and bring out Tajia processions, he said. DMP suggests BNP to hold rally at Golapbagh or any other field Awami League's associate bodies and BNP have been asked to hold their scheduled rallies on designated grounds due to the holy Ashura and VVIP movements, he added. “If we can manage to deploy adequate law enforcers, then permission will be given to hold the rallies in their selected venues,” said the DMP chief. Responding to a question about the arrest of BNP leaders and activists ahead of the scheduled rally, the DMP chief said search operations have been conducted in different parts of Dhaka to ensure security during the rallies, and only warrant-listed accused were arrested. DMP has no such objection to BNP’s marches in capital on July 18, 19: Anee Earlier, on Wednesday, BNP decided to defer its grand rally, scheduled for Thursday, to Friday. The party wants to hold the grand rally in Dhaka’s Nayapaltan area as it is unwilling to hold the programme at Golapbagh ground as suggested by the police authorities, said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir while speaking at a press briefing held at the BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office. Drive to continue till Dhaka free from mugging: DMP Commissioner
DMP Commissioner Khandaker Golam Faruk on Wednesday (July 26, 2023) urged the political parties to hold their programmes without causing public suffering as they may be forced to ban political rallies in future if those become reasons of people’s woes. A total of nine political parties including Awami League and BNP have sent letters to Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) seeking permission to hold rallies in the capital on July 27 but few parties will be allowed, said the DMP chief. DMP has no such objection to BNP’s marches in capital on July 18, 19: Anee “To hold political rallies is a democratic right of the political parties but it is the responsibility of the DMP to ensure the security of the people,” he said while talking to reporters after inspecting the overall security measures on the occasion of Holy Ashura over the Tajia procession.He also urged the political parties to plan their programmes on weekly holidays in future instead of working days considering the public suffering.Besides, carrying of sticks and bags in the rallies will be prohibited, he said. Drive to continue till Dhaka free from mugging: DMP CommissionerReferring to the Tajia procession, the DMP chief said police have been giving importance to security during Tajia procession since the 2015 explosion at a Tajia procession. Action to be taken if passengers are charged extra fare during Eid journey: DMP CommissionerThe Imambara Hoseni Dalan area will be brought under CCTV surveillance and alongside the law enforcement agencies, plainclothes police will be deployed in the area to ensure foolproof security.Besides, dog squad will be active in the area so that no untoward incident can happen, he said.
Holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), will be observed in the country on Tuesday with due religious fervour and solemnity. On this day in the Hijri year of 61, Hazrat Imam, the grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), along with his family members and 72 followers embraced the martyrdom in the hands of Yazid’s soldiers at the desert of Karbala to uphold the teachings of the Prophet (SM). The day is a public holiday. Shia community members will bring out Tazia processions in the city marking the day. Also read: DMP to take action against propaganda about Tazia procession A Tajia procession will start from Imambara Husaini Dalan in Old Dhaka which will be escorted by law enforcers. Adequate security measures have been taken around Imambara Husaini Dalan to ensure smooth observance of Ashura. Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private TV channels will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion. Also read: Holy Ashura on Aug 9, Muharram Sunday In his message, President Abdul Hamid said “Islam is a religion of peace and harmony. No religion supports violence, hatred and conflict. On this holy day of Ashura, I wish for the establishment of equality, Justice-based and peaceful society as well as unity, solidarity and continuous progress of the Muslim Ummah.” In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said “We all keep upholding the message of the holy Ashura in our hearts and participate in public welfare work from our respective positions in establishing truth and justice in the national life and build a non-discriminatory, happy, prosperous and peaceful golden Bangladesh as dreamed by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”
Dhaka Metropolitan Police will monitor and take action against dissemination of hateful comments or propaganda on Tazia processions of the Shia community on social media during Holy Ashura. DMP commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam said this at press briefing on the security measures taken regarding Tazia procession and observence of Holy Ashura at old Dhaka’s Imambara Husaini Dalan on Thursday. “We don’t have any information of sabotage centering the Tazia procession but all the roads the procession will cross will remain under tight security blanket,” the DMP commissioner said replying to a journalist’s question. Also read: Holy Ashura on Aug 9, Muharram Sunday He said Tazia processions will be brought out on August 7 and it will continue till August 9. “In some places the festivities may start from August 6 but the main program will continue for four days,” he added. Police personnel will remain deployed at different points of the capital as well as on rooftops of buildings, he said. “Bomb disposal unit and dog squad will sweep the roads through which the procession will pass, “ he said. Raids and block raids will be conducted in hotels of the adjacent areas one or two days before the Ashura, said the DMP Commissioner. Also read: Intensify searching in hotels, messes to prevent subversive acts: DMP commissioner Holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), will be observed in the country on August 9.
Muslims across Bangladesh are observing the Holy Ashura on Friday, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), with religious fervour and solemnity. On this day in the Hijri year of 61, Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), along with his family members and 72 followers, embraced martyrdom at the hands of Yazid’s soldiers on Karbala maidan in Iraq to uphold the teachings of the Prophet. Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the day is being observed in a more muted way as the government has prohibited all processions, including Tajia. Also read: Holy Ashura to be observed on Friday
Holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), will be observed in the country on Friday with due religious fervour and solemnity. On this day in the Hijri year of 61, Hazrat Imam, the grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), along with his family members and 72 followers embraced the martyrdom in the hands of Yazid’s soldiers at the desert of Karbala to uphold the teachings of the Prophet (SM). The day is a public holiday. Different religious organizations have chalked out various programmes on the occasion. Islamic Foundation arranged a special milad mahfil at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on Thursday noon on the occasion. However, the government has prohibited all kinds of processions including Tajia procession on Ashura this year in view of the coronavirus situation. All other necessary religious rituals on the occasion of holy Ashura can be performed maintaining health protocols, said a release of the Religious Affairs Ministry on August 17. In Bangladesh, every year Shia community members observe the day with elaborate programmes including a Tajia procession in Dhaka which starts from Imambara Husaini Dallan in Old Dhaka. Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private TV channels will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion. Police have taken special security measures in the capital to facilitate observance of the day.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam on Sunday directed DMP officials to take initiatives not to hold Tajia processions and rallies in open spaces on Ashura which falls on August 30 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.