Dhaka, Bangladesh
All set to observe Amar Ekushey

All set to observe Amar Ekushey

Highest level security for Feb 21

The day will be observed with elaborate programmes to commemorate the struggle for the Bengali language in 1952, reports UNB. Besides, the students of Fine Arts of Dhaka University informed that they will decorate the entire Shaheed Minar area with colourful scratches and designs. Meanwhile, the 'Ekushey Udjapan Samonnay Committee' which was formed for the observance of the day, has finalised a route map for the smooth entry and exit from the Shaheed Minar area on the day. According to the release, the route will allow people to enter the Central Shaheed Minar through Azimpur Road, Palashi crossing and Fuller Road. People from Chankharpul area can go to the Shaheed Minar through Bakshibazar crossing, Palashi crossing and the road in front of Jagannath Hall. People can go to Azimpur graveyard through the old High Court road, Doyel Chattar, Bangla Academy, TSC crossing, road beside Vice-Chancellor's residence and New Market intersection. Law enforcers have started their activities to ensure the tight security on the day in the surrounding area. They will offer a moment of silence, bowing their heads, to remember the sacrifices of those brave hearts. On February 21, 1952, Salam, Barkat, Shafiur, Rafiq, Jabbar and others, mostly students, laid down their lives to establish Bangla as one of the state languages of the then Pakistan. In November 1999, UNESCO declared it the International Mother Language Day in recognition of the sanctity and preservation of all vernacular languages in the world. UNB adds: Law enforcers have taken highest security measures in and around the central Shaheed Minar to ensure smooth observance of International Mother Language Day on February 21, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah. "There is no specific threat and no one will be allowed to create any anarchy," he said while talking to reporters after visiting the security arrangements at the Shaheed Mimar area. The entire area would be brought under CCTV surveillance and four layers of security have been arranged to ensure peaceful observance of Amar Ekushey, he said. "There will be archways in all entry and check points of the Shaheed Minar. Besides plainclothes cops and patrolling teams would be deployed in and around the Shaheed Minar," he added. Police will restrict movement inside Dhaka University campus from 6:00pm on February 20 onwards, the commissioner added. All except VIPs will have to enter the Central Shaheed Minar through Azimpur Road, Palashi crossing and Fuller Road. People can go to Shaheed Minar through the road in front of Home Economics College and Eden College via Azimpur crossing and Palashi crossing. People from Chankharpul area can go to the Shaheed Minar through Bakshibazar crossing, Palashi crossing and the road in front of Jagannath Hall. After placing wreaths at the Shaheed Minar, people will leave the place using road in front of the university playground, Doyel intersection and Chankharpul.

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