New signboard removed from Ctg Ahmadiyya mosque
Staff Correspondent, Ctg
Unknown people removed the signboard from the Ahmadiyya mosque at Chawkbazaar in the port city Friday night, hours after Islamic bigots erected it during a sit-in programme.
Police suspect Ahmadiyyas might have taken away the signboard placed by religious zealots under the banner of the International Khatme Nabuyat Movement (IKNM) some time in the night.
Ahmadiyyas staying inside the mosque, however, said that they were unaware about any such incident, sources said.
Local administration has beefed up security measures in and around the mosque fearing fresh backlash following the incident, police officials said.
Miah Lutfur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (north) yesterday told The Daily Star, We are keeping watch over the mosque to avert any untoward incident over removal of the signboard.
Islamic extremists under the banner of the International Khatme Nabuyat Movement (IKNM) placed the signboard, which read: Place of worship for the Ahmadiyyas. Muslims advised not to take it as mosque to be deceived, in front of the Ahmadiyya mosque during an agitation programme after the Juma prayers.
The IKNM organised the programme demanding declaration of the Ahmadiyya sect as non-Muslims.