Dhaka: Machine guns installed at Dhaka police stations

Dhaka Metropolitan Police has set up light machine gun (LMG) posts in six police stations of the city in a move to beef up security.

Additional police have been deployed, while light machine gun posts were also installed following an order by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) following a militant attack threat, a top official said on Tuesday.

Harun-Ur-Rashid, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dhaka's Tejgaon Zone, told before media that any attack either carried out by the Hefazat-e-Islami militant outfit or other extreme communal forces on the country's police will not be spared. He said that special security measures were put in place at police stations in Dhaka on Monday. Also on Monday, a number of Hefazat leaders and activists were arrested as a precautionary measure against the threat, Rashid added.

Meanwhile, the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) on Monday submitted its investigation report in the case filed over the death of Hefazat's former chief (amir) Shah Ahmad Shafi, accusing 43 members of the militant outfit, including the organisation's incumbent chief (amir) Junaid Babunagari.

Last week, additional security measures were taken at police outposts and stations in Sylhet.

The militant outfit carried out unprecedented violence across the country late last month against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Dhaka.

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