Friday rally warns to maul media
A mob under the leadership of religious bigots on Friday warned that they would capture the disputed Kadiani mosque forcibly if the government failed to declare them non-Muslim in a month.
Leaders of the committee said the Kadianis do not have the right to stay in the country and the government must declare them non-Muslim in 30 days.
They also warned they would oust all the Kadianis from the country through a civil war if the government did not concede to the demand by the deadline.
At a huge gathering near the Ahmadiya mosque at Tejgaon after the jumma prayers on the day, they demanded that the government discuss and solve the issue with the Islamic leaders in Parliament in a week.
They said they would announce their next course of action from a congregation at the Baitul Mukarram after the jumma prayers on Friday.
The earlier announced demonstrations at the place passed off peacefully because of heavy presence of law-enforcing agency members.
The people, who attacked the Kadianis to capture the Ahmadiya mosque at Nakhlpara on November 21, announced another attack on December 5.
But they failed to capture mosque on the Haji Maran Ali Road at East Nakhalpara because of police presence and resistance put up by the local residents.
A huge contingent of police and BDR jawans were put on guard around the mosque and adjacent areas from early morning to avert any untoward incident.
But tension kept rising as the attackers started gathering in front of the Nabisco Biscuit factory from noon.
The police cordoned off the whole area as the agitating attackers started gathering after the jumma prayers.
The police blocked all the roads leading to the mosque. The police also stopped movement on the Tongi Diversion Road from Moghbazar to Mohakhali Crossing.
The Rahim Metal mosque khatib, Mahamudul Hasan Momotazi, also president of the coordination committee to oust the Kadianis, started moving towards the Ahmadiya mosque in a truck, with several PA systems, after the jumma prayers.
Leaders of the committee termed the Kadianis as Kafer for their anti-Islam speeches and activities.
They said the Kadianis do not have the right to stay in the country and the government must declare them non-Muslim in 30 days.
The monthly Madina editor, Maulana Mohiuddin Khan, said the government must declare the Kadianis non-Muslim, as most of them are damaging the image of Islam and the Muslims.
The Rahim Metal mosque khatib said they adhered to the decision taken at a meeting attended by the local ward commissioner, elite and leaders of the ruling and opposition parties Thursday night by not creating any untoward incident during the demonstrations.
The Pothom Alo, he said, is an enemy of Islam and added that they will wipe out any newspaper or media that will call the demonstrators fundamentalits. A copy of the Prothom Alo was burnt at the rally.
Over 100 people, including policemen, were injured in the November 21 clash between the police and religious bigots when the latter tried to occupy the mosque.
They damaged half a dozen vehicles and set fire to two motorbikes belonging to the police.
The police are yet to arrest anyone in connection with the November 21 incident.