Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) suggests the two city corporations of Dhaka not to allow any illegal cattle market in the capital ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
“We’ve already sent separate letters to the two city corporations -- Dhaka South City Corporation and Dhaka North City Corporation -- requesting them not to allow any unauthorized cattle market in the capital as this will create public sufferings as well as traffic congestion,” said DMP Commissioner Benazir Ahmed.
The police chief of Dhaka city was addressing a press briefing at the DMP Media Centre in the run-up to Eid-ul-Azha and Durga Puja.
Eid-ul-Azha is likely to be celebrated on October 16 subject to moon sighting while five-day Durga Puja will be celebrated on October 10-14.
Revealing that a total of 25 authorized cattle markets will be set up in the capital ahead of Eid, Benazir said 11 of them are by different roads and in this case there is possibility to occupy roads.
He, however, warned the lessees of the cattle markets, saying: “Don’t try to set up illegal cattle markets. We’ll dismantle those with the help of city corporations.”
About measures to check the smuggling of rawhide of the sacrificial animals, the DMP commissioner said no truck loaded with rawhide will be allowed to leave the Dhaka city upto seven days from the Eid day.
About security measures taken by police ahead of Eid-ul-Azha and Durga Puja, two major religious festivals of the Muslim and Hindu communities respectively, Benazir said all-out security measures have already been taken for smooth celebrations of the two festivals.
He said Durga Puja will be celebrated in 206 mandaps in the capital this year. Stringent security measures will be in place in all the Puja mandaps, he said.
Besides, respective committees have been requested to install CCTVs in their puja mandaps as part of the security measures, the DMP boss said.
He asked the authorities of shopping malls and markets to arrange for community policing in front of the establishments to avert traffic congestion.
Around 50 lakh people will leave Dhaka for their native homes to celebrate the Eid with their near and dear ones, Benazir said, adding that around 10,000 households will remain vacant alongside shopping malls, financial institutions and other trading houses during the Eid vacation.
He asked the owners of shops and trading houses not to keep money inside their establishments.
Vigilance will be strengthened during the Eid holiday to avert any unpleasant incident in the capital, the DMP commissioner said.
Senior officers were present during the briefing.