Foolproof security measures taken for Ijtema: Home minister

Home minister Asaduzzaman KhanFile photo

The government has taken all-out security measures for devotees including foreigners arriving at the Bishwa Ijtema ground, as the first phase of Bishwa Ijtema will begin on 13 January, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Saturday, reports UNB.

The first phase of the Ijtema, billed as the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, will be held from 13 January and the second phase from 20 January, he said at the follow-up meeting regarding the review of Ijtema preparation at Tongi Ijtema ground in Gazipur this evening as the chief guest.

Foreign visitors will get more facilities compared to previous years, he said, adding that law enforcement agencies including police, RAB and Army will be deployed at the Ijtema ground to ensure a peaceful and congenial atmosphere.

Besides, BGB members will be kept ready if necessary, he said.

"As the existing two groups are doing Ijtema separately, I hope there will be no problem," the minister added.

Maulana Zubair Hassan group's Ijtema will be held in the first phase and Maulana Wasekh group's in the second phase, said Kamal.

Minister of liberation war affairs AKM Mozammel Haque, state minister for youth and sports Md Zahid Ahsan Russel, state minister for religious affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Molla Nazrul Islam, and the organisers of the Ijtema were present at the meeting.