IGP pledges action against attackers
Police will take action against the known mobsters who attacked an Ahmadia mosque in Dhaka recently after the tension stoked by the violence dies out, a top police officer said yesterday.
We know for sure who are destroying communal harmony and who are instigating them. Well take action after the situation calms down, said Shahudul Haque, inspector general of police (IGP).
They (Ahmadias) have every right to observe their rituals and any obstruction to it goes against the law, the IGP told The Daily Star by telephone.
We are providing them with security, he said, adding the local administration is keeping a constant contact with them.
Three attacks on the mosque at Nakhalpara in Tejgaon on Thursday and Friday shell-shocked the people of the sect who virtually kept them confined to their houses in the wake of the violence.
Police have recorded two cases for assaulting them and creating barrier to their duty and torching their motorcycles.
On Friday night, two sub-inspectors filed the cases against Mahmudul Hasan Momtazi, Nazmul Haq, Mojibur Rahman, Enayetullah Abbasi, Ehsan Idris, Nasir Uddin and Kala Mia and 10,000 to 12,000 unknown others.
Locals allege Momtazi, khatib of Rahim Metal mosque in Tejgaon, gave rabble-rousing speeches on different occasions to free the mosque from non-Muslim Ahmadias.
From different processions and rallies under the banner of Khatme Nabuawat Movement, Mufti Amini of Islamic Oikkya Jote, Shamsul Haq, president of Aamra Dhakabashi, Nazmul Haq, president of Bangladesh Khademul Islam Chhatra Parishad, Enayetullah Abbasi, son of the pir of Jainpuri, vowed to continue a movement until the declaration of Ahmadias as non-Muslim.
Another top police officer, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ashraful Huda, yesterday said: We will investigate who are upsetting communal amity.
We are scanning the video film of Fridays attacks to take action against the attackers, he said.
Talking to The Daily Star, Tareq Mobasser, a spokesman of Ahmadias, expressed frustration for the authorities indifference to attacks on the community across the country.
Police just guard our houses for some time after an incident, can it be called ensuring security? he asked.
No one has yet been arrested for the killing of an Ahmadia man at Jhikargachha in Jessore, many of our people have been driven away from their homes most of who are cut off from their localities in Bhabanipur in Kushtia, Ambarnagar in Laxmipur and Fazilpur in Feni, he said.
Police filed a case for the killing of seven Ahmadia men in a Khulna mosque on October 8, 1999, but none has been arrested so far, he said.
The attackers of our Bakshibazar mosque in Dhaka are still at large.
Expressing a let-up in such violence, Ruhul Amin, officer-in-charge of Tejgaon Police Station, said Nakhalpara was now quiet.