Dhaka, Jan 15: Lakhs of devotees including a large number of people from the capital and adjacent areas of Biswa Ijtema ground joined Friday’s Jumma prayers at Biswa Ijtema ground on the eastern bank of Turag river at Tongi.
The second phase of Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims after holy Hajj, began on Friday morning at Tongi, on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka through ‘aam bayan (general sermon)’.
The congregation started formally with religious sermons after Fajr prayers.
The congregation, organized by Tablig Jamaat, will conclude on Sunday through the final prayers `Akheri Munajat`.
Around several thousand loudspeakers have been arranged for the Ijtema to facilitate devotees hearing sermons of the religious leaders and scholars.
Besides this, makeshift toilets have been set up to ensure sanitation of the devotees. Bangladesh Army has constructed seven pontoon bridges connecting the two banks of the Turag for movements of the devotees.
Gazipur City Corporation, district administration, RAB, police, Asnar-VDP have set up five control rooms. Fire Service and Civil Defence has also set up a control room.
Members from different law enforcement agencies have been deployed in and around the Ijtema ground for ensuring security of the devotees.
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 duties at each centre.
Special measures have also been taken to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity during the three-day Ijtema.
Bangladesh Railway is operating special trains to carry the devotees of the two-phase Biswa Ijtema.
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) is operating speical buses for carrying the devotees to the Ijtema ground from different places, including the capital, and sending them back to their respective areas.
The first phase of three-day Biswa Ijtema was held from January 8 to 10.
The Biswa Ijtema is being organised by Tablig Jamaat since 1946, and it is being held in two phases from 2012 to ease accommodation problem.