The second phase of the second biggest Muslim congregation after the Hajj concluded on Sunday through Akheri Munajat on the outskirts of Tongi.The 30-minute munajat started around 11:00 am and was conducted by eminent Indian Islamic scholar Maulana Muhammad Sa’ad.
Several thousand devotees from different places of the country reached the Ijtema venue on the bank of the Turag River to take part in Akheri Munajat .More than 8,000 members of different law enforcing agencies, including police, Rab and plainclothes detectives, are on security duty at the venue.
Observation towers were set up to watch public movement while close circuit cameras have been installed at 17 entrances to the venue.
Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque visited the Ijtema venue on Saturday to inspect the security measures.Bangladesh Railway is operating 12 special trains on different routes while BRTC has arranged special bus service, including 30 shuttle buses, so the devotees can go to the Ijtema venue without any hassle, said Gazipur police super Mohammad Harun-or-Rashid on Saturday.
Security measures in and around the Ijtema ground has been tightened in order to ward off any untoward incident, he added.The local administration has imposed a ban on the vehicular movement from Saturday midnight to Sunday afternoon at several points, including Tongi-Chandana Chourasta, Tongi-Mirer Bazar and Tongi-Ashulia, in order to avoid traffic congestion.
Meanwhile, a mobile court on Saturday fined a number of traders around the Ijtema ground Tk1.96 lakh for selling adulterated and low-quality food items.The second day of the three-day congregation began on the bank of the Turag River after Fazr prayers on Saturday.