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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  March, 2005  Ahmadiyyas slate signboard change of mosque
Ahmadiyyas slate signboard change of mosque

The Daily Star
Vol. 5 Num 286Fri. March 18, 2005

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Ahmadiyyas slate signboard change of mosque

Our Correspondent, Bogra

Law enforcers once again hung a discriminatory signboard at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Complex on March 15 at Seuzgari area in the district, the Ahmadiyyas alleged at a press conference at the complex yesterday.

The sign reads, ‘This is the Kadiani Upashanaloy in Bogra: Muslims, don’t be confused into considering it a mosque.‘

Demanding immediate intervention to remove the signboard, Khandaker Azmal Haque, the Bogra district unit president of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, said his community has been threatened by the incident.

In a written speech, Azmal said the law enforcers bowed down to the pressure of a group of religious fanatics and illegally hung the signboard on the Ahmadiyya Complex wall on March 11.

“This has seriously hit at the religious feelings of the Ahmadiyyas,” he said. Some unknown people, however, removed the signboard in the darkness of the same night on March 11.

Azmal Haque further alleged that the signboard was hung despite police presence. Those who came there by a microbus and a motor cycle in plainclothes after hanging the signboard said they were police. On-duty police later identified them.

The police barred the Ahmadiyyas when they wanted to remove the signboard, but the police said, “This cannot be removed now. Measures will be taken according to the decision of the higher authorities.”

Uttarbanga Missionary Maolana Bashirur Rahman and local Moallim Ehteshamul Bashir claimed that the Ahmadiyya Jamaat was established in Bogra back in 1914 and that the Ahmadiyyas have been going to the mosque since its establishment in 1962.

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