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2nd phase of Bishwa Ijtema ends today

Five devotees die

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 22 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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2nd phase of Bishwa Ijtema ends today

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The second phase of the Bishwa Ijtema, the largest congregation of Muslims, on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi in Gazipur ends today with Amid Akheri Munajat.

Following the Akheri munajat, the Gazipur Metropolitan Police (GMP) has taken some measures to ease traffic movements around the Ijtema venue.

As part of the move, GMP has decided to suspend vehicular movement from Tongi to Bhogra Bypass on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, Kamarpara Road, Abdullahpur to Bypile on Ashulia Road from 6 am Sunday until the end of Akheri Munajat.

GMP Commissioner Mollah Nazrul Islam said this at a press briefing on the ground of TESIS Industrial Organization on Saturday morning.           The second phase of Bishwa Ijtema started on Friday morning.

The congregation started with 'Aam Bayan' (general sermons) by noted Islamic scholars after Fazr prayers.

The first phase of Biswa Ijtema was held at the same venue on January 13–15.

The GMP commissioner said, "Thousands of devotees from home and abroad will participate in the 'Akheri Munajat' on Sunday. We are ready for this occasion."

Several special buses and trains run on the route to carry devotees.

The GMP commissioner requested people to use the bypass road to avoid traffic gridlock.

Meanwhile, Five devotees died due to their physical illness at the second phase Bishwa Ijtema venue in Tongi of Gazipur between early on Thursday and Friday, reports BSS.

The deceased were identified as Abdul Hannan, 58, son of Abdul Jabbar of city's east Jurain under Kadamtali Thana, Hazi Md Borhan Uddin, 45, son of late Hazi Waizullah of city's Gulistan Bongobazar area, Mofizul Islam, 75, son o Abdul Ali of Borguna, Md Abdul Hamid Mondal, 55, son of late Md Shukkur Mondal of Gaibandha, and Mofizul Islam, 54, son of Abdul Alim of Savar.

Tongi Bishwa Ijtema Organizing Committee Member and Media organizer Md Sayem told BSS that they died at Ijtema ground during the second phase of the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj.

Health officials at the Ijtema control room said that the devotees have died due to sudden illness, heart attack and old-age complications.

The bodies were handed over to their family members after the namaz-e-janazas were held at Tongi Ijtema Maidan, Tongi Zone ASI Md Monir Uddin told BSS.

The three-day Biswa Ijtema will end tomorrow (Jan 22) with Akheri Munajat.

Earlier, the first phase of the three-day Bishwa Ijtema was held from January 13-15.