DHAKA, Jan 13, 2017 (BSS) - The 52nd Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims after hajj, began this morning on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi, amid tight security.
The first phase of three-day Ijtema began with 'Aam Bayan' (general sermons) by noted scholar Maulana Obaidul Khorshed after Fazr prayers.
The Ijtema will end with Akheri Munajat (final prayers) on Sunday.
Our Gazipur correspondent informed that so far four people including an unidentified youth were reportedly died ---two of them died last night and one was died this morning, at the Ijtema venue.
Two of the deceased were identified as Janu Fakir, 70, hailing from Tangail and Saheb Ali, 35, of Manikganj. All of them died of old age complications and due to illness, said Ijtema organizing committee member Mawlana Mamun.
But the identity of another deceased devotee could not be confirmed immediately.
The namaj-e-janaza of those deceased was held on the Ijtema ground after Fazar prayers and their relatives have taken the bodies to the village home for burial.
Besides, Police also found a dead body of a youth at the bank of the Turag river at around 11am on Friday, but the police could not identify the deceased immediately.
Thousands of devotees from home and abroad started joining at the bank of Turag River to take part in the religious event since Thursday to seek divine blessings of the Almighty Allah.
Moreover, thousands of Muslims are expected to attend the Jum'a prayers at the Ijtema venue and its adjacent areas today.
The second phase of the Ijtema is scheduled to begin on January 20 at the same venue and it will end on January 22.
Tablig Jamaat has been organizing the Ijtema at the venue since 1967. Now, Ijtema is held in two phases since 2011 to ease the accommodation problem.
Meanwhile, a five-tier security arrangement has been taken for the event along with deployment of several thousand members of different law-enforcement agencies, including RAB and police.
RAB members will patrol the ground and the adjacent areas with
helicopters to monitor security measures.
Devotees from 32 districts, 16 in each phase, will join the two phases of Ijtema this year.
Several health centres have been set up at different parts of the venue along with beds and almost all first aid and other treatment facilities with doctors doing round-the-clock duty at each centre.
Special measures have also been taken to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply during the three-day Ijtema.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)