Vol. 5 Num 923 Sun. December 31, 2006  
Star City

Police to monitor New Year celebrations

All is set to welcome the New Year 2007 amid great fanfare and jubilation with the authorities taking tight security measures to prevent any untoward incidents during the celebrations.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) will observe the revellers who will join the celebration of New Year's Eve that coincides with the night before Eid-ul-Azha.

"With thousands of people revelling in the streets, there is always possibility of unwanted incidents," said ABM Bazlur Rahman, commissioner of DMP. "Strict actions will be taken against people involved in these incidents."

Police officials said they will deploy both mobile police and medical teams in all the major points of the city.

"Additional police force will be posted at 41 points of the city to patrol the streets and watch the celebrations ensuring that midnight revellers stay out of trouble," said an official.

Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Dhaka University, and city outskirts including Ashulia, Buriganga Bridge area and Meghna Ghat are the spots that are considered as revellers' paradise will experience tightened security measures.

"We will set up mobile checkpoints at all the major points with six patrol cars watching over these areas," said a sub-inspector of Gulshan Police Station.

According to a DMP press release, vehicles will be barred from entering the DU campus from Gulshan, Baridhara, Nilkhet, Palashi, Bakshibazar, Kakali crossing, Chankharpul, Nimtali from 8:00pm on December 31 to 6:00am on January 1, with the Shahbagh intersection being the only entrance to the university that will be free from the restriction.

"No vehicles would be allowed to enter the Dhaka University campus except for the authorised students and university residents," said a police official.

"We will set up checkpoints at all the major intersections with police and Rab monitoring the passing vehicles and keeping an eye on the celebrations," he said.

However, previous experiences show that tightened security can do little to dwindle the spark of enthusiasm in the celebrations of the New Year's Eve with thousands of people coming out in the streets to welcome the New Year.

Apart from private parties at the residents of city dwellers, all the major hotels and clubs also have plans of their own special arrangements to celebrate the New Year's Eve.

Hotel Sonargaon has arrangements for special balcony and ballroom dinners, featuring exclusive musical events while Hotel Dhaka Sheraton has organised exclusive parties featuring fashion shows, dance parties and concerts.