Dhaka, Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Mob stops Ahmadiyya mosque work at Uttara
A mob on Monday forcibly stopped the reconstruction of an Ahamdiyya mosque at Uttara in the Dhaka city in the presence of law enforcers.
A tense situation kept prevailing in the area where more than 30 Ahmadiyya families.
Witnesses said a mob, led by Nurul Islam, a Dakkhinkhan union council member at Uttara, attacked the Nabdapara Ahmadiyya mosque at the place, forcibly took away the construction materials and dumped them in a pond in the presence of subinspector Abdul Bari, in charge of the local police outpost, at about 9:30am.
The attackers also threatened the Ahmadiyya community with dire consequences if they resume the reconstruction work in the future.
‘The same group also attacked and forcibly took away our construction materials Friday morning. We filed a general diary with the Uttara police. But the police are yet to take any action in this regard,’ an Ahmadiyya leader told New Age.
The local residents alleged that the Dakkhinkhan union council chairman was behind the attack.
Local Ahmadiyya community chief Arman Ali Sarkar said, ‘We informed the higher authorities of the incident. The Uttara police officer-in-charge visited the place and assured us of security measures of all kinds. But we were attacked today in the presence of the police.’
‘It reflected an aggressive communal spirit. Thirty Ahmadiyya families in the area have become panicked,’ he said.
The Uttara police officer-in-charge, Akhteruzzaman, said, ‘I talked with the Ahmadiyyas. The local people assured me that they would not attack the place any further.’
‘We will address the issues in two to three days,’ the officer-in-charge said.
Khalil Mollah, who allegedly led the attack, told New Age, ‘The Ahmadiyyas have no rights to stay in Bangladesh. They are tarnishing the image of Islam and the Muslims.’
‘We will stop the reconstruction work of the Ahmadiyya mosque at any cost as the image of the Muslims is directly related to this. Muslims are ready to evict them from the place,’ he said