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Tuesday, October 20, 2015, Kartik 5, 1422 BS, Muharram 6, 1437 Hijr

Durga festival starts
Mahasaptami today
Published :Tuesday, 20 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 44
Staff Correspondent
Government has taken adequate measures to avert any kind of untoward incidents and keep harmony and amity among various communities as Durga Puja and Asura have fallen on the same day and incidentally coincides with Friday Jummah prayers of Muslims.
Law enforcement agencies, at a coordination meeting have decided that no 'Biswarjan' (immersion) of Protimas (idols) could be taken place before 2 pm on Friday to allow the Muslim devotees to offer their Jummah paryer. Similarly, 'Protima Bisharjan' must be completed before 6 pm and only after that Tazia Michhil' (Mourning procession of the month of Muharram) could be brought out in the city and elsewhere in the country.
Meanwhile the Durga festival began Monday. The Mahasaptami puja will be observed today (Tuesday), Mahashtami and Kumari Puja on Wednesday, and Mahanabami Puja and Bijoya Dashami on Thursday.
Dashami, the last day of Durga Puja when Hindus bid farewell to the Goddess and greet each other for Bijaya or victory of good over evil and the festivities end with immersion of the idols of goddess Durga in water bodies.
The Mahanabami and Bijoya Dashami this year falls on the same day, but immersion of idols will take place on Friday.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will provide highest security for the puja pandals in the city's Gulshan and Banani areas.
RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed made this comment on Monday while visiting the puja mandap at Banani playground. He said Gulshan and Banani puja mandaps will get highest security as many foreigners will come to visit.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asadu-zzaman Miah has said on Sunday that adequate security measures had been taken for Durga Puja and the holy Ashura,
Miah also said all out measures have been taken to provide security to the devotees attending Puja and Ashura from home and abroad from the beginning till end.
This year the Durga Puja will be observed at more than 29,000 puja mandaps or pavilions across the country including 222 in Dhaka.
As many as 6,863 police personnel have already been deployed to ensure security at puja mandaps in the city, he further said.
Also, closed circuit TV cameras have been installed at some important puja mandaps. After the puja, 2,500 police members will ensure security for the devotees of the holy Ashura, due on Saturday.
Legal action will be taken against extortionists, eve-teasers and overall anarchy mongers, the DMP chief warned.
On traffic jam issue during the two religious festivals, the DMP chief assured the city dwellers of keeping the situation under control.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police chief Md Assaduzzaman Mia has said that over 6,000 police personnel have been deployed for security at puja sites across the capital.
President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad an BNP chief Khaleda Zia in separate messages have greeted the Hindu community people on the occasion.
The public holiday for Durga Puja is on Thursday (Oct 22).
Police say they have tightened security arrangements across the country after reports of vandalizing of idols in Satkhira district in the last two days.

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