Millions of Muslims from around the world descend on Tongi for an annual Bishwa Ijtema (world congregation) in Bangladesh. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Hundreds of thousands gathered at the banks of the Turag River in Gazipur's Tongi on Sunday (January 15) to take part in the final prayers of an Islamic gathering, the largest Muslim congregation in South Asia. The Bishwa Ijtema (world congregation) has been held at the same site since 1966, and is organised by the World Tablig Council, which preaches the teachings of Islam and Prophet Mohammed. The faithful have travelled from the Middle East, India, Pakistan, the United States, Russia and Europe. Around three million people are estimated to have taken part in the prayers on the last day of the gathering, according to organisers. Thousands gathered in alleys and roads, while many got on to boats on the Turag River to join the Akheri Munajat (final prayers). More than 6,000 police personnel have been deployed in and around the event grounds to ensure security for the faithful, according to local media reports.