Over 100 people were injured in a clash between two factions of Tabligh-Jamaat today over establishing supremacy on Ijtema Maidan on the bank of the river Turag.
The clash ensued after Fazr prayer when the followers of Tabligh-Jamaat leader of New Delhi Moulana Jubair Hassan tried to enter the premises of Ijtema venue where the supporters Saad Kandhalvi of Pakistan took position since Wednesday, police said.
More than 100 people were injured and admitted to Tongi Ahsan Ullah Master Health Complex, our Gazipur correspondent reports quoting Masud Rana, a physician of the health complex.
Meanwhile, a section of Tabligh-Jamaat men blocked a single lane of Airport Road since morning following the clash, resulting in heavy traffic in the area.
Vehicular movement on one side of the busy road remained halted till 1:30pm when the report was filed.
Supporters of top leader of Tabligh Jamaat Maulana Saad Kandhalvi’s and their rivals broke into a chase and counter-chase when they were heading from Airport to Tongi where their rivals had taken position earlier, said officer-in-charge of Biman Bandar Police Station Noor-e-Ajam told The Daily Star.
Witnesses said the chase and counter-chase took place when supporters of Kandhalvi tried to go to Tongi.
To bring the situation under control, additional police force has been deployed in the area.
WHAT IS THE ISSUE CENTERING SAAD KANDHALVI?
The conflict between the two factions continued from the last session of Biswa Ijtema, Tabligh Jamaat’s annual event and the largest Muslim congregation after the hajj, reports UNB.
The groups locked into another clash over the conflict at Dhaka’s Kakrail Mosque, the headquarters of the religious group’s Bangladesh chapter, in April last year.