Bid to capture Ahmadiyyas mosque foiled
Uttara turns battlefield as KNM-police clash
48-hr hartal called from tomorrow
Khatme Nabuwat Movement (KNM), an anti-Ahmadiyya organisation, called a non-stop 48-hour hartal in northern part of Dhaka city from Sunday following a fierce clash between its activists and police on Friday, reports BD News.
The surroundings of Zia International Airport (ZIA) in Uttara turned into a battlefield as thousands of KNM activists, who gathered to capture a mosque of Ahmadiyyas at Dakhkhinkhan at Uttara, were prevented by the law enforcers.
Being intercepted by the law enforcers, the bigots locked into clashes with them leaving at least 15 people injured.
During their march towards Masjid-e-Baitul Huda Muslim Jamaat located at Taltola of Naddapara, the KNM activists damaged at least 10 vehicles leading to suspension of transport movement on the airport road.
At least 50 platoons of police along with 11 special teams of the intelligence agencies and RAB were deployed in the area since in the morning to control the situation.
Earlier, the KNM through newspaper advertisements announced to capture the mosque of the Ahmadiyyas and threatened the government of dire consequences if the Ahmadiyyas are not declared non-Muslims.
Hundreds of KNM activists from different mosques in the capital as well as across the country joined the programme led by KNM chief Noor Hossain Nurani after the Juma prayers.
According to witnesses, the activists at first gathered in front of the Hajj Camp and held a rally there. They demanded the government to declare the Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslims and ban their worship.
After the rally, they attempted to capture the Masjid-e-Baitul Huda Muslim Jamaat. But, the law enforcers resisted them on the road in front of the airport.
After the incident, the KNM leader Nurani called the strike for Sunday and Monday in Airport, Khilkhet, Uttara, Tongi and Turag. Noor Hossain Nurani also threatened to go for tougher movement if their demand are not met within 48 hours. Meanwhile, several hundred law enforcers kept the Ahmadiayya mosque and the residences of the community cordoned off as panic gripped the entire area.