CMP imposes restriction on traffic
Tahmeed Taha: Yesterday, Chittagong Metropolitan Police imposed a restriction on vehicular movement and carrying sharp weapons, explosives, flammable materials in the port city on Thursday, UNB reports. A CMP press release said on Tuesday night that security measures have been beefed up in three state-owned oil establishments in Chittagong. Vehicular movement stretching from Cement Crossing to Potenga Ghat No 11 (Marine Academy Ghat) has been suspended for two days to save those from any kind of damage. As a special court in Dhaka fixed February 8 to announce verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case filed against Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others, the CMP came up with the ban to prevent any inconvenient occurrence on the day. A CMP press release singed by its Commissioner Iqbal Bahar said that they have information that rebellious activities might be carried out on the day centering the verdict. The ban on carrying sharp weapons, explosives, flammable materials, sticks and brick chips will start from 4am and continue till 6pm for unavoidable reasons. On the other hand, vehicular movement stretching from Cement Crossing to Potenga Ghat No 11 (Marine Academy Ghat) will remain suspended from 4pm on Wednesday and continue till 10pm today. Vehicles carrying law enforcers, Army, Navy, Air Force personnel and staff buses of the offices located in the stipulated areas will remain out of the purview of the ban. Daily-sun.com reported that in separate drives, police detained 80 leaders and activists of BNP-Jamaat from different areas of the district from Tuesday to till Wednesday morning. They also set up tough checks on each and every vehicle entering the city with passengers through Dhaka-Chittagong highway since Tuesday.