Security tightened at airports ahead of elections
Dhaka, Dec 9: Ahead of the upcoming 12th National Assembly elections, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has taken initiatives to strengthen security at the country's airports.
For this purpose, it has been decided to deploy additional armed police at the airports. In addition to the current manpower, it has been decided to appoint an additional 100 members of the Armed Police Battalion (APBN) at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. Additional 60 members of APBN will be appointed at Sylhet International Airport. Besides, additional 54 Ansar members will be provided at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong.
CAAB sources shared this information on Friday. According to the source, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism recently held a meeting ahead of the upcoming national elections. The issue of increasing security at the airport came up in this meeting. Later on December 5, in a letter signed by the Ministry's Deputy Secretary Ahmed Jamil, the Chairman of Civil Aviation was informed about several decisions to strengthen security. In that letter, 12-point instructions were given including preventing the misuse of security pass, keeping the CCTV camera active and recording the footage properly.
According to CAAB sources, CAAB has its own 574 security personnel currently deployed at Shahjalal International Airport. APBN has 1,085, and Ansar has 902 members. Besides, another 283 members of Police and Ansar attached to the Air Force and Public Security Department through the Armed Forces Department are serving under the Instruction Regarding Aid to the Civil Power.
Apart from this, 24 organizations are currently working for the security of Shahjalal Airport. All of them have been instructed to fulfill their duties sincerely. Security risks can also arise from vehicles arriving at the airport, equipment or bags carried by passengers. In this situation, all concerned have been instructed to be more careful while performing their duties.