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Home minister: Ijtema date to be set for after elections

  • Published at 08:33 pm December 1st, 2018
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

He also gave directives for the forming of a body to probe Saturday’s clash

The date for the Bishwa Ijtema will be fixed for after the election, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said.

“Until then, the Ijtema grounds will be under the control of law enforcement,” he said, after a meeting with two factions of Tabligh Jamaat following a clash at the Secretariat on Saturday.

The minister also instructed the formation of a body to probe Saturday’s clashes between the groups over establishing supremacy at the Ijtema grounds on the banks of the Turag river in Tongi.

At least one person was killed and more than 200 others injured in a series of clashes between  supporters of Indian preacher Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, and Maulana Jubaer supporters.

On November 17, the home minister held a meeting with the two factions and decided to postpone the Ijtema due to the upcoming 11th general election slated for December 30.

Kamal told the Tabligh leaders there may not be any delays in hosting the Ijtema if the election takes place on time.

However, problems arose after Maulana Saad Kandhalvi’s followers set January 11, 12, and 13 for the next Ijtema.

On the other hand, Maulana Saad’s opposition, Hefajat Qawmi Scholars,  had fixed January 18, 19, and 20 for the Ijtema, at a meeting on July 28.

Both factions also fixed separate dates for programs at the district level, which led to a dispute between them.