Khaleda Zia Verdict: Mobile network jammer installed at court premises
10:56 AM, February 08, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:34 AM, February 08, 2018

Mobile network jammer installed at court premises

Law enforcers have installed a mobile network jamming device at Bakshibazar court premises, which will see the delivery of a graft case verdict against Khaleda Zia in a short while.

It is believed to be part of heightened security measure around Dhaka city, which from this morning, seemed tense and unusually empty since morning in anticipation of the verdict.

Though no law officials have confirmed what the device is, our staff correspondent at the spot said he has confirmed it was a device used to curb mobile network, to be used at the court premises.

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The Daily Star photographer reports, the device has been taken into the grounds of the makeshift court where journalists and photographers are being allowed to enter through much scrutiny.

Last reported, the jammer was not activated until 11:30am as our correspondent could communicate still.

Bangladesh’s political stage is currently shrouded in concerns over the verdict of the prime opposition leader that is being delivered ahead of the next parliamentary election.


Elite force Rapid Action Battalion guarding the High Court area. Photo: Amran Hossain

The premises around the court has been covered in layers of security with armed guard of Bangladesh Police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), plainclothes and other law enforcing agencies.

This morning, Rab Director General Benazir Ahmed and Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia visited and personally inspected the security measures installed.

As part of strategic deployment, additional security forces have been deployed near High Court premises, Paltan, Gulistan, Dhaka University and Chankharpool areas.

Inside the court grounds at Bakshibazar, journalists are having to undergo four types of security screening, including a video documentation of their faces, to enter.

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