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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  May, 2004  Ahmadiyya mosque besieged in Ctg
Ahmadiyya mosque besieged in Ctg

The Daily Star
Vol. 5 Num 2Sat. May 29, 2004

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Ahmadiyya mosque besieged in Ctg
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Staff Correspondent, Ctg

Stick-brandishing Khatme Nabuyat activists assemble to besiege the Ahmadyya mosque at Chawkbazar in Chittagong yesterday.Islamic bigots under the banner of International Khatme Nabuyat Movement (IKNM) yesterday besieged the Ahmadiyya mosque at Chawkbazar in the city after the Juma prayers.

Hundreds of firebrand demonstrators wielding bamboo sticks demanded declaration of the Ahmadiyya sect as non-Muslim.

The besiege programme, however, ended peacefully with the intervention of police. The IKNM members left the mosque after erecting a signboard that reads: “Place of worship for the Ahmadiyyas. Muslims are advised not to take it as a mosque to be deceived”.

The IKNM leaders threatened to besiege other installations of the Ahmadiyyas by phases.

Over a dozen platoons of police, mostly in riot gear, cordoned off the mosque from yesterday morning to avert any untoward situation. Sources alleged police made a deal with the IKNM leaders to maintain peace.

When contacted, a senior police official on condition of anonymity said, “We met the IKNM leaders on Thursday night and asked them not to go unruly to avoid police action.”

The demonstrators in caps and coloured ribbon around their heads marched from Jamiatul Falah mosque premises to the Ahmadiyya mosque at around 4:00pm.

They staged a sit-in and the leaders spoke from a make-shift dais, as police barred them from reaching the mosque.

The central leader of IKNM Mohammad Hasan Mamtaji, Nayeb-e-Amir Mufti Nur Hossain Nurani, among others, addressed the sit-in.

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