Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun on Tuesday instructed the police officials to remain alert so that no one can spread rumors targeting the upcoming Durga Puja.
Besides, he also ordered intensified police patrolling across the country on the eve of the Puja.
The IGP gave the directives while addressing a meeting regarding security and law and order situation surrounding the numerous puja mandaps around the country on the occasion of Durga Puja. The meeting was held at the Hall of Pride of the Police Headquarters on Tuesday.
The meeting was attended by Additional IGPs, chiefs of various police units based in Dhaka, Metropolitan Police Commissioners, Range DIGs, representatives of various intelligence agencies, Bangladesh Puja Celebration Parishad and Dhaka Metropolitan Public Puja Committee. Superintendents of Police of various districts were joined in the meeting virtually.
The IGP said policemen have to remain vigilant so that no person or group can cause any deterioration of law and order.
He directed the field level police officers to ensure security before Puja, during Puja and after puja by communicating and coordinating with local Puja celebration committee leaders.
The IGP said there is excellent communal harmony among people of different religions in the country.
He expressed the hope that as in the past Durga Puja was celebrated in a festive and joyous atmosphere, this time too the celebrations will be safe with no untoward incidents.
Leaders, including religious figures, of the Hindu community expressed their satisfaction over the steps taken by the police in the meeting.
The meeting was informed that monitoring cells will be set up at police headquarters and other police units on the occasion of Durga Puja.
Durga Puja, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Hindu community, is slated to be held from 20-24 October.