TONGI, Jan 17 : The second phase of 3-day Biswa Ijtema concluded on Sunday at the bank of the river Turga with the 'Akheri Munajat' (final prayer), seeking peace, prosperity and development of the country as well as the Muslim Ummah.
Meanwhile, both the banks of the Turag was echoed with sublime sounds of "Labba Ek - Labba Ek - Allahuma Labba Ek" as tens of thousands of Muslim devotees heralded their presence under the mercy of Allah, the Almighty as they converged into the 160-acre sprawling venue of Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims , next to the holy Hajj.
Tablighi Jamaat senior organiser and Indian cleric Mawlana Muhammad Saad conducted the Akheri Munajat that was not only attended by thousands of Mussulis atr the venue but millions of others who participatred the sublime occasion by sitting before the TV screens across the country. The munajat began at 11;05 am and ended at 11:30 am.
According to a conservative estimate some three million people from all walks of life joined the Akheri Munajat this morning.
Ministers, MPs, political leaders and senior officials also took part in the concluding prayer along with lakhs of devotees.
To participate in the munajat, scores of people gathered at the Ijtema venue from early hours of today. They came to the venue by various modes of vehicles as well as on foot from far-flung areas of the country.
Huge crowd was seen after the munajat on different transport modes including bus and train which were leaving Tongi towards different parts in the country.
The second phase of the Ijtema began on January 15 after a four-day gap of the first phase Ijtema held earlier from January 8 to 10 at the same venue.
Biswa Ijtema is being held on the riverbanks of Turag at Tongi since 1967. The Ijtema is being held in two phases since 2011 to ease accommodation and transportation.
Engineer Giasuddin, one of the members of the Ijtema organising committee, told the newsmen that volunteers, dividing into 10 to 12 groups, and workers of Gazipur City Corporation were in charge of cleaning and maintenance activities of the Ijtema ground.
As many as 1,500 traffic police personnel were deployed at and around the Ijtema venue and adjacent areas to ensure a free flow of vehicles, said Md Shakhawat Hossain, Senior ASP (Traffic), Gazipur.
He also added that 60 CCTV cameras had been installed to ensure better safety of the devotees.
Devotees from 32 districts of the country joined the congregation during the two phases this year while those from the 32 other districts will participate in the next year's congregations in two phases.
According to sources close to the Ijtema, at least eight people including a Malaysian devotee died this year in cold and other diseases. Of them, six were killed during the first phase of the Ijtema while the rest two including the Malaysian died in the second phase of the congregation.