Dhaka, Saturday, October 1, 2005
Another ultimatum as zealots rally against Ahmadiyyas
Anti-Ahmadiyya elements under the banner of the International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh on Friday warned that they would capture a ‘disputed Ahmadiyya mosque’ if the government did not declare the sect ‘non-Muslims’ through a parliamentary order by December 23.
They said they would drive the Ahmadiyyas out of the country through a series of programmes and lay siege to the secretariat, Bangabhaban and the Prime Minister’s Office if the government failed to meet their demands by the deadline.
They blocked the Tongi Diversion Road and held a rally at the Nabisco crossing after juma prayers on Friday in presence of the police and other security forces. Traffic movement remained suspended for about three hours.
More than 1,000 policemen were deployed at the crossing, GMG Lane, Volvo Lane and Tabani Lane and several platoons of Bangladesh Rifles were on alert at the Tejgaon police station.
At a gathering near the Ahmadiyya mosque at Tejgaon, the Khatme Nabuwat leaders demanded that the government should address the issue in consultation with the Islamic leaders in parliament. The agitators failed to capture the mosque on Haji Maran Ali Road at Purba Nakhalpara because of tight security and resistance from local residents.
Despite the presence of law enforcers, tension mounted as the agitators began to gather in front the Nabisco Biscuit Factory at noon in spite of heavy rain.
The police cordoned off the whole area as the agitators began to assemble. The police blocked all the roads leading to the mosque. They also stopped traffic movement on the Tongi Diversion Road between Moghbazar and the Mohakhali crossing.
Khatib of the Rahim Metal mosque, Mahamudul Hasan Momtazi, also ameer of the anti-Ahmadiyya coordination committee, began moving towards the Ahmadiyya mosque on a truck with several megaphones after juma prayers.
The committee leaders termed the Ahmadiyyas ‘non-believers’. Enaytullah Abbasi said the government must declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims as they tarnish the image of Islam and Muslims and those who support the Ahmadiyyas must be called kafirs.
‘The Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh has the capability to topple the alliance government within an hour, so the government should take necessary measures considering our capability,’ he added. Momtazi announced a demonstration programme on October 28, at Nabisco crossing and a siege of the Ahmadiyya headquarters at Bakshibazar on December 23.