Biswa Ijtema: ‘Akheri munajat’ on Sunday, 5 die in last two days

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Gazipur, Jan 9: The first phase of Biswa Ijtema, the biggest congregations of Muslims after holy hajj in the world, will end through ‘akheri munajat (final prayer)’ on Sunday that began on Friday on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi.

Several millions of local Muslim devotees including more than 7,000 foreign guests with larger chunks from China, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait joined the Biswa Ijtema.

Special arrangements have been made for accommodation of foreign pilgrims in the northwest corner of the Ijtema ground.

The three-day Biswa Ijtema started at its venue on the bank of river Turag in Gazipur amid foolproof security on Friday.

People from 33 districts took part in the first two phases this year while those from the remaining 32 districts will take part in two more phases next year.

However, five devotees died on the Biswa Ijtema ground in Tongi of the district on Friday, the first day of the first phase of the second largest Muslim congregation, and the day before.

Two of the deceased–Nurul Islam, hailing from Chaklapara village under Ulipur upazila in Kurigram, and Farid Uddin, hailing from Batia village in Singra upazila of Natore district– died on Thursday night while another–Joynal Abedin, hailing from Rankali village in Golapganj upazila of Sylhet district, died around 12:45 am on Friday.

Identities of the rest two who died on the Ijtema ground on Friday night could not be known.

The namaz-e-janaza of the two was held at the Ijtema ground after Fazr prayers on Saturday.