Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | ePaper
Law enforcers to remain alert during Mar 25 'blackout'
Members of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and intelligence agencies will remain alert so that no miscreant can carry out any subversive act in the capital during government announced countrywide one-minute 'blackout' programme on the night of March 25, marking 'Genocide Day'.
DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah said this while addressing a coordination meeting on the
occasion of the Independence Day and Genocide Day at DMP headquarters in the city on Wednesday, said Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman. Like one minute silence programme, this one minute 'blackout' will be observed on March 25 night between 9:00 pm to 9:01 pm. The police and the intelligence agencies would remain ready during the one minute 'blackout' so that no miscreant carries out sabotage, the DMP Commissioner said. The DMP Commissioner also requested the city dwellers to follow the government's decision to honor the innocent people sacrificing in the 'Genocide Day,' the DC (Media) said. Senior officials of different law enforcement and intelligence agencies and the representatives of public service providers attended the coordination meeting. The Commissioner said, "We are committed to provide flawless security for the celebration of the Independence Day with proper dignity." He also urged all city dwellers to play their parts so that a beautiful, disciplined and integrated security can be ensured in national interest. Ministry of Liberation War Affairs urged all to keep a one minute blackout across the country from 9.00 pm to 9:01pm on March 25. On this day, without switching off the national grid lines, the people of the districts have been asked to switch off their respective power lines to show respect to the martyrs of the massacre. Establishments of emergency services will remain out of the purview of the programme. The decision of observing the blackout programme was taken at a meeting of Home Ministry with the presence of top officials of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
In 2017, the government officially declared March 25 as 'Genocide Day', marking the massacre unleashed by Pakistani Army on the unarmed Bengalis on the black night of March 25, 1971.