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Govt set to ensure fool-proof security for leaders
FE Report
11/10/2005
 

          The government is all set to ensure a fool-proof security for the leaders of the SAARC countries during their two-day 13th summit in Dhaka.
The city people have never witnessed such an unprecedented security blanket thrown particularly around the summit venues.
All educational institutions have been asked to remain closed on November 12-13 when the leaders of the seven-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation will meet.
Members of Special Security Force (SSF) and President's Guard Regiment (PGR) have already been deployed at nine venues of SAARC summit meetings-- Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre, the Prime Minister's Office, Zia International Airport, Sheraton and Sonargaon hotels, Mazar of Ziaur Rahman, state guesthouses -- Padma and Jamuna.
A total of 30,000 members of different law enforcing agencies including paramilitary forces have already been put on duty at different strategic points to ensure safety and security of the summit participants.
The SAARC comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
A significant number of close-circuit cameras have already been installed at different strategic points of the capital and the nine venues. An area of one kilometre radius around the SAARC venues will come under strict security watch, sources said.
The SSF members have taken position on rooftops of the nine venues and the surrounding buildings.. Some 6,160 members of different law enforcing agencies have cordoned off the nine venues in a demonstration of the massive security alert.
Some 10,000 policemen were called in from other districts to perform security duties. A total of 5,500 members of police are engaged in patrolling streets.
At least 80 check-posts have been set up in the capital and its adjoining areas to ensure security during the SAARC Summit. RAB helicopters will also take part in security surveillance.
The RAB personnel are stationed in close proximity and they will extend security assistance to the SSF, besides protecting all Key Point Installations (KPIs) in and outside the capital.
When contacted, a senior official of RAB told that several Dog Squads were deployed in and around the summit venues and other vital points of the capital.
All entry and exit points of the capital are being monitored round the clock and every person or vehicle entering or leaving the city is searched.
Sources said that a red alert would also remain in force in the streets through which the VVIPs would move from one place to another. During the red alert period, the movement of the general people will be strictly prohibited.
Other than the personnel entrusted with duties of the summit, particularly the security persons, none will be allowed to enter the red-alert zones, sources added.

 

 
 

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