Traffic restriction on 25 points near Suhrawardy Udyan Thursday

MNA National Desk: Traffic on two roads and 25 locations in Dhaka near Suhrawardy Udyan will remain closed for a few hours on Thursday as part of heightened security measures during the Islamic Foundation Conference.

The ‘Ulama-Mashayekh Grand Conference’ marking 42nd founding anniversary of the Islamic Foundation will be held at Suhrawardy Udyan.

Organizers expect more than 200,000 participants, including the leaders of Saudi Arabia’s Masjid-e-Haram and Masjid-e-Nababi at the conference.

The guests will be carried to the venue by around 2,500 vehicles.  Participants have to carry the invitation cards provided by the Islamic Foundation to enter Surawardy Udyan, he said asking others not to crowd the zone.

According to DMP guideline streets adjacent to Bijoy Shorani, Khamarbari, Banglamotor, Moghbazar, Paribagh, Sakura lane, Police building, Shabjibagan, eastern side of Mintoo Road, Officers’Club, Kakrail Church, Shilpyakala Academy, Anti-Corruption commission office, Fishery Building, Kadam Foara, High Court, Shahidullah Hall, Bakshibazar, Palashi, Nilkhet, Ruman Square, Katabon, Shahbagh, and Aziz Super Market area will temporarily be shut down from 12:00pm on the day.

DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia during a press meet at DMP’s headquarters on Wednesday came up with the traffic guideline for Thursday.

Members of different law enforcement agencies, including detectives, will be deployed in and around one square kilometer area of Suhrawardy Udyan to ensure foolproof security and ward off any untoward incident, Asaduzzaman Miah also told.

Members of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) and bomb disposal units will be kept ready adjacent to the ground, while plainclothes detectives will patrol the entire area during the conference, Asaduzzaman added.

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