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Kandhalvi won’t attend Ijtema: DMP

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Top scholar of Indian Tabligh-Jamaat Maulana Saad Kandhalvi will not attend the first phase of the 53rd Biswa Ijtema to be held from January 12-14.

Quoting Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, DMP Joint Commissioner Police Krishna Pada Roy informed the media today.

He said the decision was taken to maintain discipline in Ijtema. However, he added saying that Maulana Saad is staying at Kakrail Mosque.

Meanwhile, police have increased security around the Kakrail mosque area, and moved the people protesting against Maulana Saad’s visit from National press club to Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.

Ramna Zone Deputy Commissioner (DC) Maruf Hossain Zoardar said: “Tabligh members tried to enter the press club around 10am but the police pushed them towards Baitul Mukarram.”

“If they take position near press club, then it might create problems for the protesting teachers who are already there.”

Shahriar Mahmud, a Tabligh member, said: “We will continue with our protest till the time Saad leaves the country. We are trying to go to press club and continue our protest there.”

On the other hand, Befaqul Madarisil Arabia acting secretary general Allama Abdul Kudus directed Qawmi madrasa students to go to Kakrail Mosque and Ijtema ground to prevent Maulana Saad from joining the programme.

Ramna police station Office-in-Charge Kazi Mainul said: “The situation is under control. Police have taken position in press club, Kakrail, and surrounding areas.”

Earlier in the day, the DMP commissioner said that the government would decide on whether Maulana Saad Kandhalvi joins Ijtema.

It is the duty of the country to provide him security and the law enforcers are doing so, Asaduzzaman Said to media.

A huge number of law enforcers have been deployed near the Kakrail mosque where Maulana Saad Kandhalvi is staying.

A faction of the Tabligh Jamaat yesterday blocked the busy Airport Road protesting the arrival of the religious group’s top scholar Maulana Saad Kandhalvi from India to attend Biswa Ijtema.

Followers of the faction, mostly belonging to radical Islamist group Hefajat-e Islam, led by one of its influential leaders Maulana Muhammad Jubayer, have long been opposing the arrival of Saad Kandolvi here following his some controversial comments about religious issues.

Some of the protesters said Tabligh Jamaat members in India and Bangladesh have been opposing the visit of Maulana Saad as Darul Uloom Deoband, the movement’s central seminary, has been maintaining a state of non-cooperation with him.

Maulana Saad, however, is also a religious leader known for making controversial statements which have caused uproar in India on several occasions.

Despite the protest, he reached the local Tabligh headquarters without hindrance.

-SAM

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