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Biswa Ijtema begins

The first phase of Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims after hajj, began on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi amid tight security on Friday.

The Ijtema formally started with religious sermons of Maulana Ismail Godra of Pakistan after Fajr prayers today.

Thousands of devotees from all over the country and abroad have reached the Ijtema ground.

It will be held in two phases as the large number of devotees cannot be accommodated at one time.

The first phase will end with Akheri Munajat on Sunday (January 26). The second phase will be held from January 31-February 2. It will also end with  Akheri Munajat.

President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia have issued separate messages on the occasion.

The administration has taken adequate measures to maintain law and order. The district administration, police and RAB have set up separate control rooms. SP (Gazipur) Abdul Baten said CCTV cameras were installed at different points of the venue. The SP added that around 10,000 personnel of law enforcement agencies were deployed in the area and they will continue to man the area till February 3.

(Source: The Independent)

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