Second phase of Biswa Ijtema begins near Dhaka
January 20 2017 11:05 PM
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IANS Dhaka

The second phase of the largest annual Muslim congregation in Bangladesh started yesterday with sermons for millions of devotees from home and abroad, seeking world peace.
The grand prayer at the three-day congregation called Biswa Ijtema on the bank of the Turag river at Tongi, some 25km from Dhaka, will be held tomorrow, seeking divine blessings and welfare of all mankind, Xinhua reported.
The first phase of the three-day Bishwa Ijtema, which was being held in two phases since 2011 to avoid mad rush of pilgrims, concluded with the offering of ‘akheri munajat’
(concluding prayer) on January 15.
The second phase started yesterday after Fajr (morning) prayers with religious sermons for the devotees.
Like the first phase, a large number of foreign pilgrims
attended the second phase.
To ensure safety and security of the devotees and maintain law and order, thousands of members of different law-enforcing agencies have been deployed in and around 60-hectare congregation ground.
Observation towers have been set up at different strategic points to oversee people’s movement.



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