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Special security measures for Buddha Purnima

  • Published at 10:29 pm May 14th, 2019
Buddha Purnima Security
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Javed Patwary presides over a meeting on law and order and security ahead of Buddha Purnima at the Police Headquarters on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Security officials have urged all monks not to carry bags, purses and vanity bags on May 18, the day where Buddha Purnima observances will take place

Law enforcement agencies have taken stringent security measures so that the Buddhist community can celebrate Buddha Purnima with much enthusiasm.

Top officials from different law enforcement agencies informed this at a meeting on law and order and security for Buddha Purnima celebrations held at the Police Headquarters on Tuesday.

Speaking at the meeting, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Javed Patwary said there is no specific security threat over Buddha Purnima, reports UNB.

"Special security measures have been taken for Buddhist temples across the country to ensure foolproof security," the IGP said.

He said intelligence agencies have already been instructed to take necessary measures to monitor social media so that no group or vested quarter can spread any rumour or confusion about Buddha Purnima.

"All the police units have been asked to carry out duty in plain-clothes alongside regular uniformed one and increase vigilance," he added.

The police chief also said they have instructed police officers to visit every Buddhist temple of the country.

"The police officials have been ordered to set up check posts and conduct block raids on important places ahead of Buddha Purnima," he said.

He urged all the police units to ensure flawless security at Buddhist temples with the help of community police members, local volunteers and Buddhist religious leaders.

Speakers at the meeting also urged all monks not to carry bags, purses and vanity bags on May 18, the day where Buddha Purnima observances will take place, for the sake of security.

Buddhist religious leaders at the meeting expressed satisfaction over the overall security arrangements over Buddha Purnima and also thanked the police chief.

Among others, Additional IGP (A & O) Md Mainur Rahman Chowdhury, Director General of Rapid Action Battalion Benazir Ahmed, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, Additional IGP of Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU) Mohammad Abul Quashem, heads of different police units, Dharmarajik Buddhist Mahabihar General Secretary PR Barua, Executive President of Bangladesh Buddhist Federation Ashok Barua, Trustee of Buddhist Kalyan Trust and MP of reserved women seat Basanti Chakma, President of Bangladesh Buddhist Culture Promotion Committee Pramath Barua, Bangladesh Buddhist Association Dhaka Region General Secretary Swapan Barua Chowdhury, General Secretary of Bangladesh Buddhist Federation Bhikshu Sunandapriya and Bangladesh Buddhist Religion Welfare Board of Trustee Dalim Kumar Barua were present at the meeting.