Hundreds of thousands join finals prayers of Bishwa Ijtema’s first phase

রবিবার, ১০ জানুয়ারী ২০১৬
10 January 2016 The first phase of this year's Bishwa Ijtema ended on Sunday with the Akheri Munajat (final prayers).

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Organisers say around three million people took part in the prayers conducted by Indian cleric Maulana Muhammad Saad.

President Abdul Hamid along with the members of his family took part in the prayers from his official residence, the Bangabhaban.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had her sister Sheikh Rehana and other relatives with her while offering her Ijtema prayers from the Ganabhaban, her official residence.



Agriculture Minister Motia Chowdhury and former foreign minister Dipu Moni also were with the prime minister.

Held every winter, Ijtema is the world’s second biggest Muslim congregation after the Hajj.

The first phase of the three-day Ijtema began on Jan 8. The second phase begins on Jan 15.

Hundreds of thousands of devotees thronged Gazipur's Tongi on the banks of the Turag River for the event.

Earlier, devotees were seen walking down to the already full Ijtema ground.

Thousands had gathered in alleys and roads, while many got on to boats on the Turag to join the prayers.

“I started from home on foot at 4am and reached here around 8am,” said Nasir Uddin, who had come to the Ijtema venue from Maleker Bari in Gazipur.

Traffic on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway and other roads around the venue had remained suspended since Saturday midnight.

The traffic restriction will remain until Sunday evening, said Gazipur’s Deputy Commissioner SM Alam.

Loudspeakers were set up along roads and alleys from the Ijtema ground to as far as the Shajalal airport, Tongi Railway Station and Tongi Station Road, according to District Information Officer Nasima Akter of Gazipur.

The number of security personnel on duty was doubled for the Akheri Munajat, says Superintendent of Police Md Harun ar Rashid of the district.

“Around 12,000 members of police and RAB besides a few thousand detectives in plainclothes are on the field. The RAB also is keeping an eye from the river and the sky,” he told

Roads closed

Roads towards Tongi have been closed for vehicles other than those carrying Bishwa Ijtema devotees on Sunday.

Traffic police decided to close the roads from 3am to 6pm for the Akheri Munajat.



Among the roads that remain closed is the one that leads from Shahjalal International Airport to Gazipur's Bhogrha Bypass intersection via Uttara, According to Gazipur Traffic Police’s Md Sakhawat Hossain.

On the Tongi-Kaliganj road, the ban is in effect from Tongi to Pubail's Mirer Bazar.

Besides the Ijtema devotees, residents of Uttara, and air passengers and crew will also be able to use the Airport Road.

Others will have to use the Mirpur-Savar road.

Shuttle-buses for Ijtema devotees will ply the roads, Hossain said.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) in a media release said it has earmarked different parking places for vehicles coming from different divisions.

Vehicles coming from Chittagong Division will have to be parked at Gausul Azam Avenue in Uttara, Dhaka Division along the stretch of road from Soargaon Janapath to Diabarhi Khalparh, Sylhet Division at Shah Makhdum Avenue in Uttara, and Khulna Division at Sectors 15 and 18 in Uttara.

Rangpur Division's vehicles have been allotted the ground adjacent to Kamarparha and empty places at Uttara Sector 10, Rajshahi Division’s vehicles at Protyasha Housing, and Barisal Division’s at Uttara Sectors 15 and 18.

No vehicles are being allowed to park along Abdullahpur-Ashulia Road.

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