Ahmadiyyas appeal for govt protection
Bigots to besiege Bakshibazar complex today
Ahmadiyya community has appealed to the government to stop the zealots of Khatme Nabuwat Andolon Bangladesh (KNMB), which is scheduled to lay a siege today to the Ahmadiyya headquarters in the city’s Bakshibazar, before they can do any harm.
The KNMB will hold a rally at the north gate of Baitul Mokarram National Mosque after the Juma prayers today, take out a procession and then march to besiege the Ahmadiyya base.
KNMB activists from 22 districts will join the siege programme, its President Mufti Noor Hossain Nurani told The Daily Star, claiming, “We’ll do everything peacefully and will not violate the law.”
The KNMB yesterday brought out a truck procession from the north gate to drum up support for today’s siege aimed at pressuring the government to declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims.
Simultaneously, another faction of the anti-Ahmadiyya fanatics under the banner of International Khatme Nabuwat Movement, Bangladesh (IKNMB) will hold a morning-to-Asr rally in the city’s Muktangan today demanding enactment of a law declaring the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims. After the Asr prayers, the religious zealots will march towards Dhaka Central Jail for ‘voluntary imprisonment’.
The IKNMB last year announced a one-year programme to force the government to declare Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims.
The panicky Ahmadiyyas, who have been suffering a hate campaign for about two and a half years, said at a press conference on Monday such ‘gherao’ programmes are nothing but pretexts for attacking them, their mosques and homes. They sought protection from the government.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner SM Mizanur Rahman said they have already deployed forces at the Ahmadiyya base and will take adequate security measures to check any violence today.
A number of rights watchdogs and civil society organisations also have vowed to stop any fanatic attack on the minority Muslim sect.
The activists of Manobadhikar Bastobayan Parishad, Naripakkha and Ain-O-Salish Kendra will take position at the Ahmadiyya headquarters in the morning to stop any attack. The South Asian Peoples’ Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism, and the Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee have declared solidarity with them. The activists of the organisations will gather at the Central Shaheed Minar at 10:30am and then will march to Bakshibazar.
The IKNMB expelled Noor Hossain Nurani, who was then the Nayebe Amir, on September 9 last, after he had suspended the anti-Ahmadiyya programme due to the prevailing situation in the country. IKNMB President Mahmudul Hasan Mamtazi and Secretary General Nazmul Haq alleged Noor took bribe from the Ahmadiyyas for suspending the action programme against them.
Noor formed the KNMB in the third week of November.