Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 13 January: The Bangladesh government has decided not to hold Bishwa Ijtema now amid COViD-19 outbreak.
Bishwa Ijtema of Tabligh Jamaat, the second largest congregation of Muslim pilgrims, is not being held on the scheduled date on the banks of the River Turag in Tongi due to the outbreak, state minister for religion Faridul Huque Khan said while talking to journalist on Wednesday.
The government was analysing the situation and might arrange the congregation later when the situation would improve, he said.
The first phase of the Biswa Ijtema, 2021, was scheduled for January 8, 9 and 10 and the second phase was scheduled for January 15, 16 and 17.
The Tablighi Jamaat authorities, in 2011 split the Ijtema into two phases, dividing the participation of the 64 districts, to reduce the pressure on the venue and ensure better management and security.