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Dhaka, Saturday 15 Dec, 2018
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Heavy gridlock on Airport road

1 killed, 200 injured in Tabligh Jamaat’s factional clash

Gazipur Correspondent Daily-Bangladesh.com
Photo: Daily Bangladesh

One person was killed in a clash between two groups of Tabligh Jamaat at Ijtema ground in Tongi, Gazipur. More than 200 people were injured.

The clash between the two parties of Tabligh Jamaat started on Saturday morning.

The deceased was identified as Ismail Mondol (70). He is the son of Khalil Mondal of Milkipara of Munshiganj.

At least 25 people that were injured in the clashes that were reported to admit in Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Meanwhile, the vehicular movement on the western side of the busy Airport Road remained halted from Airport Crossing to Abdullahpur since Saturday morning following a clash between two factions of Tabligh Jamaat.

Top leader of Tabligh Jamaat Maulana Saad Kandhalv’s supporters and their rivals locked into a clash at Airport Intersection around 8:00 am, said Traffic Inspector Asad of Abdullahpur Zone.

Following it, a chase and counter chase took place between the two groups creating panic among the city dwellers as well as creating a heavy gridlock from Mahakhali intersection to Uttara.

For the last couple of days, the anti-Saad group have taken position on the Ijtema Maidan in Tongi, said the traffic inspector adding that the clash ensued on Saturday morning when the followers of Maulana Saad tried to enter the ground.

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.

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.

DailyBangladesh/Adnan

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