Indian preacher Maulana Muhammad Saad Kandhalvi will not join the Biswa Ijtema which is scheduled to start on Friday in Tongi.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Joint Commissioner Krishna Pada Roy disclosed the information while talking to journalists at Kakrail Mosque in Dhaka on Thursday morning.
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.
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Tabligh members try to take position in front of Matsya Bhaban, Dhaka on January 11, 2018 Focus Bangla
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.”
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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.”
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Tabligh members tried to hold protest in front of Kakrail Mosque and Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on January 11, 2018 Focus Bangla
Earlier on Wednesday, hundreds of members of the Islamic movement named Tabligh Jamaat and some Qawmi madrasa alems [clerics] positioned themselves near Airport Road in Dhaka, chanting slogans against the arrival of Maulana Saad.
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.
Parts of this article were taken from Bangla Tribune