Panic Grips Trishal Ahmadiyyas
Nabuat zealots hold rallies for mosque capture on Feb 10
Our Correspondent, Mymensingh
Members of the Ahmadiyya community at Dhanikhola village in Trishal upazila are passing days in panic as the International Khatme Nabuat Movement, Bangladesh (IKNMB) is campaigning in the area in favour of its programme to ‘capture’ the Ahmadiyya mosque in the village on February 10.
Over 200 people of the community in the village are now virtually confined to their homes, apprehending trouble on February 10. Children have stopped going to schools and elders do not move out, even for days’ work, locals said yesterday.
Earlier, on January 28, advocate Monzur Anam, a leader of the Dhanikhola Ahmadiyya community, filed a general diary (GD) with Trishal police station.
Central and local leaders of the community at a press conference here on February 3 also demanded steps by the local administration for security of their life and property.
Mymenisngh Police Superintendent Abdullahel Baki, the Officer-in-Charge of Trishal thana and the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), visited Dhanikhola village and Ahmadiyya mosque yesterday.
The SP assured the villagers security of their life and property and urged people of all communities in the area to keep patience and maintain peace.
Advocate Monzur Anam told this correspondent over phone yesterday that local leaders of IKNMB are on a campaign to motivate people, specially teachers and students of madrasas in the area, to join their grand rally on February 10 morning and help them capture the mosque.
They are holding small rallies and distributing leaflets to make their programme a success, he said.
Sharifuddin Trafder, chairman of Dhanikhola Union Parishad said that any move to disturb peace in the area will be resisted.
Ahmadiyyas have been living in the village since 1964 and the mosque was build in 1965. “We live here in peace and with amity”, he added.