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9th blockade: 162 BGB platoons, 435 RAB patrol teams work

News Desk Nation 2023-12-03, 12:32pm

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Shariful Islam, Public Relations Officer (PRO) at BGB headquarters, confirmed the development Sunday morning.



A total of 162 platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have been deployed across the country to maintain law and order as the latest 48-hour countrywide blockade of road, rail and waterways called by the BNP and like-minded opposition parties is underway since this morning.

Shariful Islam, Public Relations Officer (PRO) at BGB headquarters, confirmed the development Sunday morning.

Today, on the first day of the latest blockade, 23 BGB platoons have been deployed in Dhaka and adjoining districts to resist any untoward incident.

The remaining platoons of the border force have been deployed across the country along with other forces, the BGB official said.

Members of the paramilitary force have been performing their duties to ensure the safety of lives and property since the opposition parties began observing blockades and hartals since October end.

Along with the BGB platoons, 435 patrol teams of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have been deployed across the country.

Among them, 141 patrols teams were deployed in Dhaka amidst increasing arson violence.

RAB is ensuring the security of long-distance public transport and goods-carrying transport in different parts of the country, said Imran Khan, assistant superintendent of police (ASP) at the media wing of the RAB headquarters.

BNP and like-minded opposition parties have already observed blockades in eight phases to mount pressure on the Awami League government to quit power and hold the next general election under a non-partisan administration.

The blockades have been marked by incidents of arson attacks and violence, with poor public response to the street programme.