The authorities of Biswa Ijtema have halted a press conference scheduled to hold today over the ongoing crisis on arrival of Indian preacher Maulana Mohammad Saad Kandhalvi at the Ijtema.
The authorities earlier said Mufti Nazrul Islam would brief media over the ongoing crisis in Biswa Ijtema but the briefing was announced halted around 12pm.
On January 11, a faction of Tablighi Jamaat staged demo in front of the Kakrail mosque, protesting the Ijtema participation of the Tablighi Jamaat's Central Sura Committee member.
Security was beefed up in front of the Kakrail mosque to avoid any untoward incidents.
On January 10, some 500 members of the faction also blocked the main road soon after the religious scholar from India reached Dhaka by a flight of Thai Airways around 12 noon to attend the Biswa Ijtema.
Maulana Mohammad Saad Kandhalvi, one of the top leaders of Tablighi Jamaat based in Delhi, later was withdrawn from the 53rd Biswa Ijtema amid protest.
The second phase of 53rd Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest Muslim congregations in the world, began on the bank of Turag River at Tongi, on the outskirts of the capital.