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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  February, 2006  Ahmadiyyas live …
Ahmadiyyas live on their nerves

The Daily Star
Vol. 5 Num 606Fri. February 10, 2006

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Ahmadiyyas live on their nerves
Trishal bigots to capture mosque today

Our Correspondent, Mymensingh

Panicked Ahmadiyyas in Dhanikhola of Trishal in Mymensingh attend a meeting under police guard yesterday fearing their mosque will be taken over by anti-Ahmadiyya zealots. PHOTO: STARMembers of Ahmadiyya community and other residents of Dhanikhola village in Trishal are passing their days in panic as the Anti-Ahmadiyya zealots have announced programme for capturing their mosque after the Jum’a prayers today.

To prevent any untoward incident, some 500 members of law enforcement agencies, including Armed Police, Rapid Action Battalion and Bangladesh Rifles will be deployed in the area, police said.

Several rights organisations and the civil society have vowed to stop any attack on the Ahmadiyyas.

Fanatics under the banner of International Khatme Nabuwat Movement, Bangladesh (IKNMB) have been holding rallies, making announcements through loudspeakers and distributing leaflets in the area as part of their campaign to motivate people, especially the madrasa teachers and students, to join them.

IKNMB Chairman Mufti Noor Hossain Noorani announced the programme on February 24 at a press conference at Abbasi Alia Madrasa in Trishal to capture Dhanikhola Ahmadiyya mosque after the Jum’a prayers today.

Advocate Monjur Anam, President of Dhanikhola Ahmaddiyas, lodged a general diary (GD) with Trishal Police Station on February 28 seeking security of their life and property.

Amid growing apprehension, some families have shifted their members to other places, said Humayun Kabir, an Ahmadiyya member.

The people of Dhanikhola village had been living there in peace but they are now panic-gripped due to Khatme Nabuwat’s programme, Helal Uddin, a farmer of the village said.

A Khatme Nabuwat committee, formed with Abdul Kader Khan Kanhori and Principal Maulana Nazrul Islam as its president and secretary, who are also local leaders of Islami Oikya Jote, yesterday brought out a truck procession to drum up support for today’s programme.

Mymensingh Superintendent (SP) of Police Abdullah Baki, who along with the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Trishal Police Station Abdul Latif Bhuiyan visited the area several times in last couple of days, assured the Dhanikhola people of security.

Police officials also held discussions with Khatme Nabuwat leaders to persuade them to maintain peace.

Demanding full security for the Ahmadiyyas in Dhanikhola, eminent citizens of the district met the SP yesterday morning.

The Ahmaddiyyas have been living at the village on the bank of Sutia river since 1964 and the mosque was built in 1965.

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