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Dhaka, Sunday, August 8, 2010
11 injured over construction of Ahmadiyya mosque in a Tangail village
At least 11 persons, nine of them Ahmadiyyas and two Sunnis, were injured and 15 houses of Kadiani families were damaged when the Sunni neighbours resisted the construction of an Ahmadiyya mosque at Chantara, a village under Jamuria union in Ghatail upazila, about 50 kilometres north of Tangail district town Saturday afternoon.
Police said that two poultry farms, each having 200 chickens, belonging to Ahmadiyya families, were damaged as well.
According to the police it all began when the Sunni neighbours gathered there and attacked the Ahmadiyyas with sticks and spears and resisted the construction of their mosque in the locality.
Ghatail police station officer-in-charge Mominul Islam told New Age that the incident took the place after the Ahmadiyyas had laid the corner stone of the mosque in the presence of their leaders from Dhaka.
Police said that the Ahmadiyyas tried to defend themselves when two Sunnis received minor injuries.
Among the injured were five central leaders of Ahmadiyyas, one of them seriously, who had gone to the village for laying the corner stone of the mosque, and four local Ahmadiyyas.
About 30 Ahmadiyya families live in the village.
The additional superintendent of police, AKM Masud rushed to the spot from the district headquarters leading a police detachment and brought the situation under control.
Mominul Islam said that as tension gripped the village, police have been deployed in the area to foil any destructive activities.