No bomb-explosion or any such incident occurred outside or near the ongoing Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) premises in Sher-e- Bangla Nagar on December 25 as was reported in some electronic and print media.
Addressing a press conference to protest reports regarding this event in the media and to disclose the actual incident Vice-Chairman of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) Mir Shabuddin said it is totally a "false and fabricated" story.
Shahabuddin said no such incident took place outside or near the fair. Everyday thousands of people are visiting the fair and at least one foreign ambassador visits the fair everyday.
He said the security measures taken by the authority are very tight and foolproof against such incidents.
Narrating the actual incident, he said when police were chasing some muggers near Rokeya Sharani, finding no other way the muggers threw crackers and fled the scene.
Additional Police Commissioner, DC (West), Assistant Director of RAB-1 also spoke at the press conference held at conference room of DITF Secretariat in the fair Wednesday.
Addressing the press conference, DC (West) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Kohinoor Mia said five-phase security consisting of police, BDR and RAB has been taken to ensure safety and free movement of visitors.
Besides, private security personnel have been deployed by different companies to ensure safety of the visitors.
He said 40 CCTVs (close circuit television) are monitoring the overall security of the fair round-the-clock and two-control room has been set up in the fair.
"We have sufficient police force, BDR jawans, RAB personnel and other law enforcing agencies to ensure safety of people visiting the fair," he claimed.
Our security personnel are working relentlessly with metal detectors and other necessary equipment to ensure safety in the fair, he added.
Following reports of bomb blast in the fair, businessmen at DITF said the number of visitors fell drastically.
They regretted that since they have invested a lot of money and took long-term preparations for the fair expecting a good return and spot export order, the false report on bomb blast hampered their earnings to a great extent.
They demanded extension of the fair for at least 15 more days after the Eid to recover the loss that they incurred in last few days.