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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  April, 2005  Bigots again besiege Ahmadiyya mosque
Bigots again besiege Ahmadiyya mosque

The Daily Star
Vol. 5 Num 318Tue. April 19, 2005

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Satkhira Tense
Bigots again besiege Ahmadiyya mosque

Our Correspondent, Satkhira

Religious bigots yesterday laid siege to an Ahmadiyya mosque and ransacked a house in Sundarban Bazar of Shyamnagar in a fresh bout of intimidation of the sect.

The latest assault came less than 24 hours after the fanatics injured over 50 and looted some 10 houses in the same area.

About 4,000 Ahmadiyyas living in Harinagar and Jyotindrapur are literally in confinement as police have kept the area cordoned since Sunday’s attack.
The zealots led by International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh (IKNMB) vandalised the houses of local Ahmadiyya missionaries Abdul Wadood and Ahmad Ali Mollah and beat up Wadood’s son on Sunday evening, said witnesses.

Local Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, who are allegedly operating under the banner of IKNMB, yesterday announced plans to hold a meeting at Haricharan High School today.

Locals said some 200 bigots brought out a procession from Harinagar and marched to Ahmadiyya mosque at Sundarban Bazar in Jyotindranagar at around 10:00am yesterday. Ignoring the police deployed in the area since Sunday’s attack they laid a siege to the mosque. They failed to enter the mosque as police dispersed them.

Police and locals said the bigots were protesting the pulling down of a signboard they posted on the mosque Sunday afternoon. The signboard read ‘A place of worship for the Kadianis, Sundarban Bazar’ and it advised Muslims not to mistake the place as a mosque.

As police did not pull down the signboard, Ahmadiyyas themselves got rid of it on Sunday night, said locals.

About 4,000 Ahmadiyyas living in Harinagar and Jyotindrapur are literally in confinement as police have kept the area cordoned since Sunday’s attack.

Meanwhile, no step has been taken to keep the bigots from carrying out threats that they have long been making against the Ahmadiyyas. The Khatme Nabuwat men went to Ahmadiyya houses Sunday evening and threatened that they would oust them if they come out of their houses.

Satkhira Superintendent of Police (SP) Abdur Rahim said they had taken security measures to keep the bigots off the area. “I’ve ordered for more police deployment by tonight,” he said yesterday.

Meanwhile, local police denied their previous claim of arresting an Ahmadiyya member with bomb-making materials. Earlier on Sunday afternoon they told reporters that they had arrested one Abdul Wahab of Ahmadiyya sect with the materials. But yesterday they said he was not an Ahmadiyya and no bomb-making material was found with him.

Meantime, two Ahmadiyya women who were seriously injured in Sunday’s attack were shifted to a hospital in the capital as their condition deteriorated.


Our Khulna correspondent adds: Security around Nirala Ahmadiyya Complex has been stepped up in the wake of bigots’ attack on Satkhira Ahmadiyya mosque.

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