Christmas Day observed under tight security

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The festive mood began on the evening of 24 December at all churches in Dhaka

Christmas Day, an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, has been celebrated across the country amid tight security.

Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem on the banks of the Palestine River on December 25. To commemorate this day, like other followers across the world, Bangladesh celebrated this prime religious festival of Christians.

The festive mood began on the evening of 24 December at all churches in Dhaka.

A huge gathering of people was seen under the luminous glow of Christmas lights in Banani and Kakrail on Wednesday.

Bimal Francis Gomes, father of Kakrail Church, said: “People of all religions and races visited the church to enjoy the festival. Our honourable pope conveyed the message that people need to live beyond all ethnicity, colour, caste, and religion together to avoid violence across the world.”

Bangladesh Christian Association President Nirmol Rozario thanked the government and law enforcement of the country for providing adequate security this year.

Police and RAB were seen on the church premises to prevent any criminal activities, keeping in mind the Holey Artisan Bakery attack on July 1, 2016, in Gulshan.

 In the 68 churches under Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), everyone was searched using metal detectors and other security instruments before entering.

Uninterrupted power supply was ensured at each church. The fire service and ambulances were seen standing near churches in case of any untoward incidents. No  roadside vendors were allowed near the churches.

DMP Commissioner Shafiqul Islam inspected the security system of Banani’s Holy Spirit Catholic Church yesterday morning.

He said: “Strict security measures were taken at all the churches. Police and other law enforcement are ready to deal with any security threat.”