Bigots claim Ahmadiyyas attacked themselves
International Khatme Nabuwat Movement, Bangladesh (IKNMB) yesterday denied its involvement in Sunday’s attacks on Ahmadiyyas in Satkhira that wounded 50, and blamed the Ahmadiyyas for the incidents.
Hundreds of IKNMB workers in white panjabi and pajama were seen throwing brickbats and sticks at the Ahmadiyyas, who gathered in front of their complex. As police hung the signboard asking people not to mistake the complex as a ‘mosque for Muslims’, the Ahmadiyyas burst into tears, many collapsing on the ground.
The IKNMB leaders at a press conference in the capital claimed that Satkhira Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohammad Ilias and Superintendent of Police (SP) Abdur Rahim on Tuesday sent a press release to local newspapers saying that Ahmadiyyas attacked police and IKNMB leaders and activists while they (IKNMB) were observing their programme peacefully.
“People were injured in Sunday’s attacks by Ahmadiyyas,” Amir of the Islamist outfit Mahmudul Hasan Momtazi said, quoting the press release.
Talking to The Daily Star over the phone last night, the SP however denied this. “They (IKNMB) are spreading misleading information. We did not send any such press release anywhere. We sent a press release saying the situation is normal here now,” he said.
At the press conference held at Rahim Metal Mosque in Tejgaon, Mmtazi said Sunday’s incidents were ‘quite the opposite’ of what the media portrayed. “Kadianis (Ahmadiyyas) made the attacks when two of our leaders and I along with police went to the Ahmadiyya mosque to hang a signboard.”
He went on, “We found 3,000 Kadianis were ready for the attacks. They started hurling sticks and brickbats at us.”
But earlier reports said hundreds of IKNMB workers in white panjabi and pajama were seen throwing brickbats and sticks at the Ahmadiyyas, who gathered in front of their complex. As police hung the signboard asking people not to mistake the complex as a ‘mosque for Muslims’, the Ahmadiyyas burst into tears, many collapsing on the ground.
“After the hanging of the signboard, some Ahmadiyyas threw a few brickbats in despair. But it cannot be termed an attack,” the SP said.
He replied in the negative when asked if Ahmadiyyas themselves attacked their men and IKNMB workers on Sunday or later.
Reading out a written statement, IKNMB Secretary General Nazmul Haq reiterated their demand for enacting a law declaring the Ahmadiyyas ‘non-Muslims’ for not accepting Hazrat Muhammad (SM) as the last prophet.
“Ahmadiyyas have no right to identify themselves as Muslims as they do not accept Muhammad as the last prophet. They are deceiving Muslims,” said Momtazi.
But leaders of the sect said over the years they accept Muhammad as the last prophet.
On allegations that their activities are tarnishing the country’s image, IKNMB Nayeb-e-Amir Noor Hossain Nurani said these are ‘falsehoods propagated by the western enemies of Islam’.
The IKNMB announced that they would lay siege to Nakahlpara Ahmadiyya mosque on September 30 and Ahmadiyya headquarters in the capital on December 23.
Our Satkhira correspondent reports: Ahmadiyya leaders yesterday attended a meeting convened by the Satkhira DC at his office, also attended by the SP and local journalists.
The leaders requested the local administration to ensure their security.
Abdul Majid, one leader, said at the meeting a peaceful situation has prevailed since Thursday morning.
Local sources however said the five-member Ahmadiyya team could leave the DC’s office only after they signed a paper saying they were living in peace.
SECURITY STEPPED UP IN KHULNA
A large police contingent has been kept on stand-by to rush to Gharhilal village in Koira thana as bigots threatened to attack Ahmadiyyas there today.
“Adequate security measures have been taken to save the lives and property of over 100 Ahmadiyyas in that village,” said Khulna SP Habibur Rahman.