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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  March, 2005  Cops help Bogra bigots pull down mosque signboard
Cops help Bogra bigots pull down mosque signboard

The Daily Star
Vol. 5 Num 281Sat. March 11, 2005

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Anti-Ahmadiyya Campaign
Cops help Bogra bigots pull down mosque signboard

Our Correspondent, Bogra

Two policemen, on behalf of religious fanatics, fix a signboard on the wall of an Ahmadiyya mosque at Seuzgari in Bogra yesterday dubbing the building as a 'place of worship of Kadianis', who it says are non-Muslims. PHOTO: STARAnti-Ahmadiyya bigots, backed by police, yesterday forcibly hung a signboard reading “A place of worship of the Kadianis in Bogra Town; no Muslim should be deceived into considering it a mosque” on an Ahmadiyya mosque at Seuzgari of Bogra.

About 10-12 thousand zealots of the International Khatme Nabuwat Movement after Juma prayers yesterday gathered in the town and held a meeting followed by a rally that continued till 4:00pm.

Rods in hand, the religious fanatics marched towards the Ahmadiyya mosque. When police intercepted the procession at Seuzgari, the Khatme Nabuwat leaders demanded that the police search the mosque and hand over the Ahmadiyya publications to them. They also asked the police to replace the existing signboard reading ‘Ahmadiyya mosque’ by the one brought by them.

Police agreed and took five Nabuwat leaders to the mosque. Members of the Ahmadiyya community led by Abdul Awal Khan protested the move and engaged in an altercation with the police.

At about 6:00pm, Additional Superintended of Police Zakir Hossain ordered his men to replace the Ahmadiyya signboard with the Nabuwat one.

Following the incident, the Ahmadiyyas held a press conference protesting the replacement of the signboard.

A team of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee led by Justice KM Sobhan reached Bogra the day before yesterday, in the wake of the bigots’ threat to replace the signboard of the Ahmadiyya mosque.

At the press conference, Sobhan said the police action was against the country’s constitution. He said they will hold a meeting in Dhaka and declare their next course of programme against the move of Khatme Nabuwat.

Meanwhile, Khatme Nabuwat leaders said they will go for a movement against the government if the Ahmadiyyas are not declared non-Muslims by passing a law in parliament by December 22. They also said Khatme Nabuwat will hold a grand rally in Dhaka on December 23 if their demand is not met.

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