Kandhalvi won’t attend Ijtema: DMP

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Kandhalvi won’t attend Ijtema: DMP

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 Bangla daily Prothom Alo today.

Earlier in the day, the DMP commissioner told The Daily Star 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 told The Daily Star.

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, sat on the road and chanted slogans against Maulana Saad Kandhalvi for what they claimed were his "controversial comments about the Koran and Sunnah.