Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has taken tight security measures centering the holy Ashura, urging all concerned to observe the festival maintaining health rules and social distancing due to the pandemic Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
“Observe Ashura maintaining health rules and social distancing... None will be allowed to hold any programme in the open space on the occasion,” DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam told a coordination meeting of the members of law enforcing agencies on the observance of the Ashura at its headquarters, local media reported.
The holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA), grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), will be observed in the capital and elsewhere across the country with due religious fervor and zeal on Aug 30.
The DMP commissioner categorically said all religious indoor progarmmes on the day of Ashura will be allowed to observe, but Tazia procession and other outdoor gathering will remain strictly prohibited due to Covid-19 outbreak.
He urged the organisers of Ashura functions to abide by the health directives so that the fatal Covid-19 cannot spread anyway.
“Don’t allow anybody to enter the function venue without wearing masks and ask everyone to apply necessary health protective measures at all stages,” Shahfiqul reiterated.
Like the previous ones, the DMP police chief said tight security measures will be ensured in the capital where the members of law enforcing agencies would also remain vigil in plain-clothed to avert any untoward incident.
DMP’s senior police officials of all intelligence agencies, fire services and civil defence, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), representatives of Dhaka South and North City Corporations and representatives of Shia community from Lalbag, Mirpur and Tajgaon areas, among others, were present there.