Strengthened security measures will be enforced in the Sylhet and elsewhere across the District area for a smooth celebration of the thirty-first night, the last spell of time approaching January 1, 2017.
“The whole Sylhet will be brought under security blanket with the deployment of as many as 5,000 members of law enforcement agencies both in uniform and plain cloth on the 31st night in Sylhet to avert any untoward incident,” SMP Commissioner Gulam Kibriya said.
“No activities which go against our culture, values and heritages of our country won’t be tolerated in the name of 31st night celebration,” he told.
Replying to a query, the SMP commissioner said there is no fear of any terrorists or militant attacks on the eve of the occasion, but the concerned security authorities would remain alert about this.
Fireworks and open air concerts or cultural programs are not allowed on the 31st night, he added.
ADC of SMP Jadan AL Musa said, “Different important establishments, public university campuses and posh areas will be brought under a security blanket with the deployment of additional members of anti-crime elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) with other forces.”
He said check posts have been set up at the strategic points including every entry and exit points of the capital city and several closed-circuit camera televisions (CCTVs) have been installed to make the security foolproof.
Meanwhile, the SMP has restricted holding indoor New Year gatherings on security grounds.
An official website of the SMP said “No bars will be kept open after 6:00 pm on December 31.” Showing security reason, it also mentioned that none would be allowed to bring their licensed firearms at any restaurant, hotel and any programmes from 8:00pm of 31st December to 5:00am on January 1.
Besides, any party or cultural programme will not be allowed on any open space in the Sylhet on the 31st night.