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Nearly 8C donations collected in Pagla Masjid, breaking all records

  • The previous highest donation was Tk6.32 crore
  • Nine boxes yielded 27 sackloads of cash
Update : 21 Apr 2024, 11:31 AM

Cash donations from the faithful at Pagla Masjid, a 250-year-old mosque in Kishoreganj, shattered all previous records, clocking Tk7,78,67,537, an increase of nearly Tk1.5 crore over last time, by the time counting finally wrapped up well past midnight on Saturday.

The final amount, rounded off to Tk7.79 crore, was officially announced at 2am Sunday.

The previous highest, recorded in December 2023, had been Tk6.32 crore, from 23 sacks of the nine donation boxes of the mosque.

This time the nine boxes yielded 27 sackloads of cash, apart from stones including gold jewellery, some foreign currency, and assorted items, which escaped valuation.

Rupali Bank’s Kishoreganj corporate branch Manager Md Rafiqul Islam, who was present till the end, verified the numbers for reporters.   

Kishoreganj Deputy Commissioner and President of Pagla Mosque Committee Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad and Superintendent of Police Mohammad Rasel Sheikh were present during the opening of the boxes on Saturday morning.

Under the supervision of six executive magistrates, including Additional District Magistrate Kazi Mahua Momtaz, 70 bank officials and employees, 34 teachers, and 102 students of Pagla Mosque and Madrasa then started counting money.

Shaukat Hossain, administrative officer of the mosque, had earlier confirmed to UNB that a new record had been set by evening already.

“According to the latest information, after counting till 8:30 tonight, we already have a new record for the highest money received in the history of Pagla Masjid,” Hossain said.

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