Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest Muslim congregations in the world, begins today on the Turag riverbank in Tongi of Gazipur amid religious fervour.
The main Ijtema venue has been filled with thousands of devotees from home and abroad, sources said.Tight security measures have been taken with a large number of law enforcers deployed in and around the Ijtema ground.
The first phase of the 54th Biswa Ijtema will be held from February 15 to 16 while the second phase from February 17 to 18 on the same venue.
Five control rooms have been set up to monitor Ijtema venue and 15 watch towers of police and 10 others of RAB have been installed to ensure security for devotees.
Special measures have also been taken to ensure uninterrupted supplies of electricity and water to the Ijtema venue.
Several healthcare centres have been set up in different parts of the venue to provide treatment to devotees.
A total of 175 gas burner stoves have been installed at the Ijtema venue to provide cooking facilities for foreign devotees.Tabligh Jamaat, is a non-political global Sunni Islamic missionary movement that focuses on urging Muslims to return to primary Sunni Islam, has been organising the Ijtema at the venue since 1967.
Gazipur Deputy Commissioner Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kabir told journalists that all preparations for the Biswa Ijtema have been taken.
The biggest Juma congregation in the country is likely to be held at the Ijtema venue today, the DC hoped.
RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed said, “Tough action will be taken against those who spread rumours on social media.”
He made the warnings at the RAB Media Centre at BSEC Bhaban in the capital while talking about security measures for the four-day Biswas Ijtema.
Law enforcement agencies will remain much aware this time as there was a conflict between two factions of Tabligh Jamaat over the Biswa Ijtema.
Benazir Ahmed urged Tabligh Jamaat leaders and devotees to inform law enforcement agencies if they face any untoward situation.
“Tabligh Jamaat leaders will have to be aware so that a third party can’t get any chance to create anarchy,” the RAB DG said.
Like the previous years, we will provide water and medicine free to devotees, he added.