Clash with Khatme Nabuwat: 4 cops among 50 hurt
By Staff Reporter
Fri, 23 Dec 2005, 11:20:00
The activists of International Khatme Nabuwat Movement, Bangladesh and the members of law enforcing agencies yesterday clashed at Zero Point in the city leaving more than 50 people, including two police men, injured.
However, the organisation sources claimed more than 200 activists were injured as police charged batons on the marchers indiscriminately. Of the injured, condition of 75 activists is serious. Among others, Masudul Haque Labib, Md. Abdullah, Md. Jasim and Md. Mohsin were admitted to the private hospitals.
The troubles broke out as the activists of Khatme Nabuwat, as a part of the voluntary arrest, tried to march towards Central Jail breaking the police cordon at Zero Point at about 4:25pm.
The leaders and activists of the organisation tried to march towards the Central Jail after holding a rally at Muktangan in the city after Juma prayer.
Police used batons to dislodge the angry marchers and the demonstrators also pelted stones at the police. Police also lobbed 10 rounds of teargas to bring the situation under control.
The chase and counter chase between the Police and the members of the Khatme Nabuat continued for nearly an hour creating panic among the pedestrians and disruption of traffic movement in the troubled areas.
The trouble spread out at the adjacent areas including, Purana Paltan, North Gate of Baitul Mukarram, Bangabandhu Avenue, South Gate of Baitul Mukarram and Press Club.
The International Khatme Nabuwat Movement, Bangladesh organised the rally demanding enactment of law for protecting the great status of Prophet (SM), declaring Quadiani community as Non-Muslim at state level protesting recent bombing and as a part of its voluntary arrest.
The rally was held amid police barricades at both sides of Zero Point and Purana Paltan.
Earlier, leaders of the Khatme Nabuwat Movement while addressing the rally at Muktangan called upon the government to declare Quadianis as Non-Muslims and enact a law to protect the image of Prophet Mohammad (SM).
They called upon the Muslims to boycott the Quadianis socially identifying them in each district.
The speakers termed bomb attackers in the name of Islam as enemies of Islam and the country.
Presided over by Maulana Mahmudul Hasan Momtaji, president of the organisation, the rally was addressed, among others, by Maulana Ruhul Amin, Abul Kashem Jihadee, Maulana Afzalul Islam, Alhaj Abu Taher, Maulana Keramat Ali, Abu Zafar Kashemi, Enayet Ullah Abbasi, Momtajul Karim and Alhaj Nazmul Haque.
Meanwhile, Khatme Nabuwat Movement in a pres release announced that they would bring out a procession from in front of the Baitul Mukarram North Gate after Asr prayer today (Saturday) protesting the police attack on its activists.
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