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Devotees throng Turag bank to attend Akheri Munajat

Thousands of devotees are thronging to the grounds of the Biswa Ijtema on the bank of Turag in Tongi to attend the Akheri Munajat (final prayers) seeking spiritual well-being and welfare of the Muslim Ummah.

The Akheri Munajat is scheduled to begin at 11:00am, our Gazipur correspondent reports quoting Giash Uddin, one of the organisers of the Ijtema.

The first phase of three-day Biswa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after the Hajj, will end today with the prayer to be led by noted Islamic scholar Maulana Muhammad Saad from India.

Organisers said restrictions have been imposed on vehicular movement on some roads near the venue for easing the influx of devotees.

The Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway has been sealed and most roads near the Ijtema field have been closed off as well.

Meanwhile, a devotee attending the Ijtema died of old-age complications early today bringing the death toll in the three-day long event to eight.

Security has been beefed up ahead of today’s Akheri Munajat. Around 6,000 uniformed and plainclothes police and members of Rab and intelligence agencies have been deployed in and around the Ijtema ground to ensure security of the devotees.

Tablighi Jamaat has been organising Biswa Ijtema, also called the World Muslims’ Congregation, every year since 1946. In 2011, the organisers had split the congregation into two phases to deal with overcrowding, ensure better management and security.

Source: Daily Star, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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