Mukherjee, on his first trip abroad as India's head of state, was received by President Zillur Rahman at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport..
The president is accompanied by his wife Suvra Mukherjee and an official delegation, including Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and four MPs. A special decorated stage was erected on the tarmac with soldiers standing around to welcome Mukherjee. Several Bangladeshi ministers, including Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, were present at the airport to welcome Mukherjee.
The opposition Jamaat-e-Islami has called a general strike March 3-5, coinciding with the president's visit, to protest the conviction of JI chief Delwar Hossain Sayedee for the 1971 war crimes, including rape and genocide.
Nearly 60 people have been killed so far in the clashes between police and Jamaat supporters, including its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir.
The streets of Dhaka are calm, but the visiting journalists have been advised not to venture out alone, but go in groups. The violence has mostly been concentrated in Hindu-dominated Noakhali and in Chittagong, said an official.
Image: President Pranab Mukherjee, center, inspects a guard of honor upon his arrival at the airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 3, 2013. Mukherjee, is on a three-day visit to Bangladesh. (AP)