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Security tightened in Dhaka ahead of protest

The opposition protest is to push its demands, including reforming the election process and the election commission in Bangladesh.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 11:47 IST

Security was tightened in the Bangladeshi capital on Thursday with the deployment of around 8,000 personnel in roads leading to the country's civil administration headquarters ahead of an opposition rally to demand reforms in the poll process.

"We are not going to obstruct their protest action... The security measures have been taken to protect the secretariat complex," State Minister for Home Lutfuzzaman Babor told reporters.

He hoped the opposition would demonstrate peacefully during their sit-in protest around the secretariat complex.

The security personnel were deployed in different roads and areas leading to the government security complex, the heart of the administration, witnesses said.

Riot police were in full gear, they said.

Authorities on Wednesday slapped a 24-hour ban on gathering around the secretariat complex, but the opposition vowed to go ahead.

"We will go ahead with our protest with the people," Abdul Jalil, MP, the General Secretary of the main opposition Awami League said.

The opposition protest is to push its demands, including reforming the election process and the election commission.

Such protests in the past usually triggered violence, the worst was in 1990 during the regime of ousted president Hussain Muhammad Ershad.

The protest comes amid an exchange of letters between the two sides to talk on opposition demands.