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Biswa Ijtema: Traffic in Tongi to halt from Saturday midnight

Biswa Ijtema: Traffic in Tongi to halt from Saturday midnight
The second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj began after Fajar prayers on January 12, 2018Raihanul Islam Akand/Dhaka Tribune

Law enforcers are monitoring the grounds 24/7 with watch towers, check-posts, metal detectors and regular patrols in the river and the venue area

All vehicle traffic on Tongi highway and around Ijtema grounds in Gazipur will be suspended from Saturday midnight till Akheri Munajat [concluding prayers] on Sunday.

Gazipur Superintendent of Police Harun Ur Rashid confirmed the above during a press briefing on Saturday.

He said: “A ban will be imposed on all vehicle traffic from Gazipur’s Chandana intersection to Dhaka. It will remain effective from Saturday midnight to the concluding prayers.

“Vehicles heading towards northern part of the country and Mymensingh will have to use alternative routes after they reach Abdullahpur. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.”

Meanwhile, the Ijtema grounds are already witnessing an influx of devotees. Officials concerned believe that more people will arrive in Tongi to participate in the concluding prayers.

A special train service has been introduced to ease the transportation of attending devotees, and seven pontoon bridges have been built over the Turag River.

A total of 7,000 policemen and at least 300 members of the Rapid Action Battalion have been deployed,  and 41 CCTV cameras have been installed at the Ijtema grounds.

Law enforcers are monitoring the grounds 24/7 with watch towers, check-posts, metal detectors and regular patrols in and around the venue area.

Plainclothes police officials of the Detective Branch have also been deployed to uphold law and order.

This article was first published on Bangla Tribune

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