Ahamadias get fresh threat
Bigots vow to say Juma prayers in Nakhalpara mosque today
Locals of East Nakhalpara plunged into a new swell of panic, as an anti-Ahamadia khatib (preacher) vowed to offer Juma prayers in the Ahamadia Mosque there after grabbing it today.
The threat by Mohammad Mahmudul Hasan Mamtaji, the khatib of Rahim Metal Mosque in ward No. 37 in Tejgaon, came after he led an anti-Ahamadia group to attack the Ahamadia Mosque on November 21, injuring about 100 people, 12 of them policemen.
Hasan gave rabble-rousing speeches on different occasions to free the mosque from Ahamadias or Kadianis, a Muslim sect, and declared at the Eid jamaat a fresh attack on the mosque.
A leader of Jaise Mostafa, an Islamist outfit, Hasan threatened to push ahead with the anti-Ahamadia programme and declare jihad under Hifazate Khatme Nabuwat Andolan in the event of police resistance.
The locals submitted an application to the president, urging him to look into the matter and sent a copy of the application with 173 signatures to The Daily Star.
The police that suffered injury in the November 21 attacks said they were looking for an amiable solution to the problem side by side with taking preparations for preventing any attack on the Ahamadia mosque.
We are trying to resolve the matter locally through negotiations. We have not taken any hard line so far as this is a religious matter and we are trying to find a peaceful solution, said an officer of Tejgaon Police Station.
He said there was a political face in the crisis that could not be handled by the police alone.
Saikhul Hadis, a fundamentalist leader and several imams have added fuel to the anti-Ahamadia movement by giving rabble-rousing statements. Now the government should step in and handle the issue politically, the officer said.
After the November 21 attack, the police filed a case against over 5,000 people for attacking the police, not the Ahamadias. Police are yet to arrest anyone and make any headway in the case.
Attacks on the Ahamadias have surged in recent years. On Monday, at Balardiya village of Sharishabari Pourasabha of Jamalpur, a militant group damaged one of their mosques and called an anti-Ahamadia demonstration there for Saturday.
According to press reports, militants raided the house of Abu Sama Sarkar and damaged a corrugated iron-roof mosque on the premises.
In Kushtia, an Ahamadia community of 13 families came under attacks last month that left a woman dead, but police are yet to act.
Locals have reportedly boycotted the Ahamadias of Fazilpur in Feni.