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Bangladesh beefs up security for PM, President

world Updated: Mar 18, 2009 15:44 IST

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Security was on Wednesday stepped up for Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the President as well as the country’s Supreme Court premises as part of new intensified vigil against terrorist attacks.

Army troops put up extra security blockades around Hasina’s residence as well as her office and Bangabhaban, the presidential palace, and Home Ministry ordered to check all vehicles entering into the secretariat complex and other important installations.

“An order has been issued to check all vehicles other than those of the ministers and the cabinet secretary at the secretariat,” a Home Ministry spokesman said.

The new security measures have been put in place as a number of rebel Bangladesh Rifles’ personnel are reported to be still at large along with their weapons and grenades.

Commerce Minister Faruq Khan, who is coordinating investigations into the BDR rebellion, has said that the militants are suspected to have used the BDR soldiers in carrying out the massacre of army officers serving the paramilitary force.

Security was also beefed up at the Supreme Court complex. The Court authorities asked for extra security measures on its compound in a letter to the government saying judges, lawyers, litigants and staff of the apex court were “feeling insecure under the current circumstances”.