Vol. 5 Num 568 Sat. December 31, 2005  
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31st Night
Revellers to face traffic ban, strict vigilance

Transport movement on some city areas will be restricted on the 31st night to tackle unruly New Year revellers and ward off any subversive act, according to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

Except for two crossings at Kakoli and Phoenix Road (Gulshan Shooting Club), all the roads and intersections leading to the Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara areas will remain closed for 10 hours from 8:00pm today.

The home ministry earlier decided not to allow any unrestrained celebration and that anyone found drunk on the street will be arrested.

A huge contingent of law enforcement members will rule the Dhaka streets and thoroughly search vehicles that are to enter the posh areas of the capital.

Besides, traffic ban will come into effect on streets around the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Nilkhet, Palashi, Boxibazar, Chankhar Pool, Nimtoli, Government Employees Hospital, and High Court.

Deployed alongside the police, the doctors will carry out test on the people out on streets and legal action will be taken if anyone is found drunk, according to a decision by the home ministry.

The government earlier asked the bars in the capital and elsewhere to keep the shutters down during the year-end celebration.