Vol. 5 Num 591 Thu. January 26, 2006  

Deliver anti-militancy sermons at Ijtema
Babar urges ulemas

Against the backdrop of countrywide bomb attacks, State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday urged the Ulemas (Islamic scholars) to deliver anti-militancy sermons at the three-day Bishwa Ijtema at Tongi beginning on tomorrow.

A five-tier security layer, meanwhile, was set up at the entrances deploying over 22 thousand security forces from the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), Police, Armed Police Battalion (APBn) and Ansar in and around the Ijtema ground to ward off any subversive act.

The state minister made the call when he, accompanied by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Abdul Qaiyum, Rab-DG Abdul Aziz Sarkar and DMP Commissioner SM Mizanur Rahman, went to the Ijtema ground to witness the preparations and security measures.

According to the witnesses about two-square kilometres of the Ijtema ground have been brought under the tight security net of Rab and other forces.

Although, the Ijtema will begin tomorrow, the participants have already started arriving at the Ijtema ground from different parts of the country as well as from different countries.

Besides, the security measures, the government have taken different other measures for the welfare of the participants. Bangladesh Railway will run special trains while roads and river-ways authorities will also take additional measures for them.

According to sources, Rab members aided by the army personnel will also set up bomb disposal units. Helicopter will patrol over the sky of Tongi and 54 CCTVs, 20 video cameras and observatory towers will also be set up around the venue.

Sources said of the 22,000 forces deployed around Ijtema ground, at least 1683 Rab members would be deployed with two helicopters and bomb disposers. They will keep strict watch by setting up eight observatory towers, some control rooms and sub-control rooms at different points of the Ijtema ground.