Dhaka, Thursday, January 19, 2006
Zealots obstruct burial of Ahmadiyya woman in B’baria
BDNEWS . B’baria
Local zealots obstructed the burial of an elderly woman belonging to Ahmadiyya community at Shahbazpur village of Shyamgram union long delaying her funeral by about 28 hours.
Local sources said Majlisun Nesa, 70, died at about 11:00am on Tuesday, and was buried at about 2:00pm the following day 28 hours after her death due to resistance by a group of villagers.
She was buried in a khash land near her house in presence of the upazila nirbahi officer and the officer-in-charge of the Nabinagar police station.
When members of the Ahmadiyya community went to Shahbazpur graveyard to dig a grave for her burial, a group of villagers obstructed them terming the deceased a Kafir (infidel), according to locals.
The angry villagers numbering about one hundred also chanted provocative slogans against Ahmadiyya community, they said.
On information by the Ahmadiyyas, a police team led by an inspector went to the spot giving rise to tension among the villagers.
The situation took a serious turn as the villagers stationed men to guard the graveyard at night in presence of the police.
Later, the upazila nirbahi officer, Abdus Sattar, along with a police team went to the spot on Wednesday and reached an understanding between both the sides.
Following a decision, Majlisun Nesa was buried in the khas land near a marsh of her house in presence of the UNO and the OC.
Shyama Mia and Jamal Mia, sons of the deceased, said all their predecessors were buried at the graveyard. But now they were facing obstruction to burying their mother there, they added.
The Shahbazpur Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat president, Abu Naser, said they could do nothing about it, as they are treated as the minority community in the country.
The Shahbazpur Graveyard Committee chairman, Abdur Razzak and BNP’s local union unit vice-president, Imam Hasan Baten, said the bodies of the predecessors of the Ahmadiyyas had been buried at the graveyard as they were Muslims.
But now Ahmadiyyas have become ‘Kafir’ so they would not be buried at the Muslim graveyard, he said.
Abdul Awal, missionary-in-charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, condemned the incident.