3.50 lakh law enforcers to be deployed in puja mandaps: Minister

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday informed that this year some 3.50 lakh law enforcers will be deployed in puja mandaps across the country during Durga puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community.

“Some 31,000 puja mandaps will be erected in the country this year which is 100 more than last year,” he said.

The minister was talking to journalists at the Secretariat after a meeting on security during the Durga Puja.

The Home boss informed that members of police, RAB, ansar and intelligence agencies will be vigilant at every puja mandap.

Besides, the mandaps which will be under surveillance of CCTV cameras.

UNB adds: Replying to a question, the Home Minister said action will be taken against those involved in providing passports to Rohingyas.

“Certificates from local chairmen, birth certificates and police verification are needed for passports. Everyone involved in irregularities will be punished. No-one will be spared,” he warned.

Many agencies are involved in the process to provide passports to Rohingyas, he noted.

Asaduzzaman said the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals were registered biometrically when they came to Bangladesh.

“They’re easily detected whenever they try to obtain passports. Those who are trying to bypass the system are also being caught,” the minister said.

Legal action is being taken against everyone involved, he said.

Bangladesh is currently hosting more than 1.1 million Rohingyas, most of them came here after August 25, 2017.

An unspecific number of Rohingyas have gone abroad with Bangladeshi passports obtained with fake documents and assistance of corrupt government officials.

Although there is no specific number, last year the Expatriates Welfare Minister said about 250,000 Rohingyas had travelled abroad with Bangladeshi passports.

Their involvement in criminal activities is tarnishing the image of the hard-working Bangladeshi workers.