Traffic resumed on Dhaka Airport Road as a faction of Tabligh Jamaat followers withdrew their barricade after four-and-a-half-hour demonstration in protest against the arrival of a top leader of the organisation from India.
A good number of Tabligh Jamaat men who put up a barricade at Airport Road intersection around 12 noon withdrew it around 4:30pm following a request by law enforcers, Dhaka Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner (Airport zone) Ruhul Amin Sagar told UNB.
He said the Tabligh Jamaat men took to the street as they got information that Indian Islamic scholar and one of the important leaders of the organisation, Maulana Saad Kandolvi, was arriving here.
Ruhul Amin said Saad Kandolvi reached the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a Thai Airways flight around 1:30pm.
As the Tabligh Jamaat activists continued their protest till 4:30pm, he said traffic came to a complete halt on roads from Kakoli to Gazipur, causing immense sufferings to commuters.
The DMP assistant commissioner said though vehicle movement resumed after the withdrawal of the blockade, it may take some time for the gridlock to ease.
A police officer wishing anonymity said the pro-Qaumi Madrasa Tabligh Jamaat followers, led by one of its influential leaders Maulana Muhammad Jubayer, have long been opposing the arrival of Saad Kandolvione here following his some controversial comments.
He said Saad Kandolvione might have taken to Kakril Mosque from the airport.
The police officer said Saad Kandolvi is scheduled to join the first phase of the 53rd Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslim community after the holy hajj, to be held from January 12-14 on the bank of the Turag River.
He said the protesters pulled out the blockade as they were assured that Saad Kandolvi will not join the Biswa Ijtema.