Defying shutdown thousands attend Khelafat Majlish leader’s janaza
Defying the nationwide shutdown to curb the transmission of Covid-19, thousands of people today took part in the janaza of Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish’s ‘Nayeb-e Amir’ Maulana Zubayer Ahmad Ansari, held at a madrasa in Bertola village under Sorail upazila of Brahmanbaria district. The janaza started from the premises of Jamia Rahmania Madrasa but extended to Ashuganj, thanks to the enormous gathering of people where none paid any heed to the government directive on physical distancing.
People also took part in the janaza from the rooftops of the surrounding buildings. A few police personnel were seen at the spot and they remained silent. Terming it “people’s indifference”, Brahmanbaria-3 constituency lawmaker R A M Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury, said such incident could invite possible Covid-19 transmission.
Contacted, Md Shahadat Hossain Titu, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sorail Police Station, said people from Dhaka also came to attend the janaza. “We did not even imagine that such gathering would happen. When an influx of people started, there was nothing we could do,” the OC said. Maulana Zubayer passed away at his house in Brahmanbaria last night.