Dhaka, Saturday, March 12, 2005
Cops change signboard at Ahmadiya mosque
OUR CORRESPONDENT , Bogra
The Bogra police on Friday hung a signboard on the Ahmadiya Muslim Jamaat Complex at Seuzgari in the district town, renaming it as upasanalaya (place of worship).
The members of the Ahmadiya Jamaat were left stunned by the police activity and some of them burst into tears on the scene.
The signboard read, ‘The Kadiani upasanalaya in Bogra town: Muslims, do not be fooled by thinking it to be a mosque’, and was set at the Ahmadiya Complex in the evening in the presence of four central leaders of the organisation.
The other organisation leaders and civil society members instantly denounced the police act.
Earlier the police stopped the activists of International Khatme Nabuwat Bangladesh half a kilometre off the Ahmadiya Complex where the political and civil society leaders from the capital gathered to extend their solidarity with the members of the small religious group.
The Khatme Nabuwat
leaders at a rally threatened to go for tough programme if the Ahmadiyas are not declared non-Muslims by December 23.
If the Ahmadiyas are not declared non-Muslim by December 23, we do not know what would be in the fate of the government.
Several thousand supporters of the Khatme Nabuwat wearing red, yellow, and green ribbons on head gathered at Satmatha crossroad at noon.
They blocked vehicular movement on the streets causing a huge traffic jam in the northern city.
They also said the staffs are the symbol of Sunnah. ‘We have brought them for our own security,’ one of the Khatme Nabuwat leaders said.
‘If the Ahmadiyas are not declared non-Muslim by December 23, we do not know what would be in the fate of the government,’ another leader said.
At 4:00pm the activists gave an ultimatum to set the signboard at the Ahmadiya Complex.
Later the police hung a signboard inscribed with ‘Kadiani Upasanalaya’ at the Complex at 6:00pm.
Tight security measures were taken around the Ahmadiya Complex. High officials of the police were also present on the spot.
Local and central leaders of the Awami League, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, and Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Jatiya Samannay Committee, led by Justice KM Subhan, stayed in the complex in support of the Ahmadiyas.
The Khatme Nabuwat Bangladesh amir, Mahmudul Hasan Momtazi, member-secretary Maulana Nazmul Haque, Mamtazul Karim Hathazari, Abu Zafar Kashemi, Abul Kashem, Gazi Ataur Rahman, Mansurul Haque, Azizur Rahman, Nur Hossain, Abu Taher, Mojibur Rahman and Kazi Fazlul Karim, among others, addressed the rally. The Khatme Nabuwat Bogra unit president, Maulana Abdul Haque Azad, chaired the programme.