Musallis ultimatum to remove Ahmadia mosque
Several thousand fundamentalist militants under the banner of Khatme Nabuat Andolon Samannay Committee (KNASC), yesterday took out a procession in the citys east Nakhalpara area after Juma prayer and reiterated their demand to declare the Ahmadia community as non-Muslims.
The bigots at the rally gave an ultimatum to the government that they would launch a vigorous countrywide movement if the government failed to remove the Qadiani mosque from Nakhalpara within a month.
The Government will be held responsible for any eventuality after the expiry of the deadline if they failed to meet our demand, Mahmudul Hasan Mumtaji, Khatib of Rahim Metal Mosque and President of the Committee said.
We are in a movement over the Qadiani issue after holding meetings with the leaders of different political parties and the Khatib of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, he claimed.
He urged the Prime Minister to convene a meeting of ulema of the country within a week over the Qadiani issue from where, she must declare the Qadianies as non-Muslims.
We will lay a siege to the Prime Ministers Office on expiry of our deadline, the bigot yelled.
Meanwhile, some 27 platoons of police led by senior officials and 10 platoons of paramilitary BDR had been deployed in the area to prevent further troubles.
According to the witnesses, several thousand militant Musallis from 25 mosques in Nakhalpara area and its adjoining areas, Gulshan-1, Link Road, Colony Bazar and Sat Tala Basti assembled at the Rahim Metal Mosque premises before the Juma prayer.
Later, the Musallis led by the Khatib of Rahim Metal Mosque gathered in front of Phoenix Fabrics, shouting slogans where they also held a brief rally.
Among others, Tofazzal Haq Aziz, Khatib of Arjatpara jam-e-mosque, ASM Mominul Haq, executive member of BNP City committee, Mansurul Haq, Khatib of Al Falah mosque, Nazmul Haq, assistant general secretary of KNASC, Nur Hossain, Forkan Uddin, Zafrullah Khan, Mahbubul Haq, Abdul Latif Nizami, General Secretary of Nezam-e-Islam and Alhaj Shamsul Haq, President of Amra Dhakabashi also spoke the meeting.
Khatib Mumtaji also declared a month-long programme including rallies at Muktangon, Tongi, Jatrabari, Mirpur and Nakhalpara areas on December 12, 19 and 26 and January 2 and 9 next year respectively.
The fundamentalist group on November 21 took out a procession in the area and tried to occupy the Ahmadia mosque. At least 50 persons, including 11 police officials were injured when the marchers turned violent and clashed with law enforcers.