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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  November, 2004  Civil society to resist as bigots march to capture mosques
Civil society to resist as bigots march to capture mosques

The Daily Star
Vol. 5 Num 163Fri. November 05, 2004

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Civil society to resist as bigots march to capture mosques
Staff Correspondent

Ahamadiyyas in Dhaka, Narayanganj and Brahmanbaria brace for violent clashes today, as religious bigots prepare to take control of the sect's complexes and the civil society vows to resist the move.

Anti-Ahmadiyya outfits International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh (IKNMB), International Tahaffuz-e-Khatme Nabuwat Committee Bangladesh, Khatme Nabuwat Committee Bangladesh and Aamra Dhakabashi had threatened to capture three Ahmadiyya mosques in Dhaka, Narayanganj and Brahmanbaria after the Juma prayers today.

Meanwhile the members of civil society yesterday announced to resist attempts to capture the Ahmadiyya complexes. Leaders of South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism (SAPUFC) and Ekatturer Ghatok Dalal Nirmul Committee urged all progressive forces to unite against the fanatics.

A number of eminent citizens in a statement yesterday urged all to join the civil society's resistance to the capture programme.

Professor Kabir Chowdhury, Journalist Kamal Lohani, Sarder Fazlul Karim, Qaiyum Chowdhury, Hena Das, Barrister Shawkat Ali Khan, Prof Mustafa Nurul Islam, Kalim Sharafi, Justice KM Sobhan, Prof Borhanuddin Khan Jahangir and Major General CR Dutt were among the signatories to the statement.

Meanwhile, the anti-Ahmadiyya campaigners plan to replace the signboards of Nakhalpara, Narayanganj and Brahmanbaria Ahmadiyya mosques with new ones that would read 'Kadiani's (Ahmadiyya) Place of Worship'. Earlier they did the same in Chittagong, Khulna and Patuakhali to 'caution the Muslims against getting duped into saying prayers there.'

Leaders of the anti-Ahmadiyya organisations yesterday said they are ready even to sacrifice their lives to carry out the capture programme. The IKNMB in a press release yesterday asked the government to pass a bill declaring Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims in the ongoing parliament session.

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