Bigots driven out of Uttara streets
Anti-Ahmadiyya zealots vow to enforce hartal again
Police yesterday kept the anti-Ahmadiyya bigots at bay who attempted to enforce hartal in five northern police station areas in the capital and on its outskirts in a bid to pressurise the government to declare the Ahmadiyya community non-Muslim.
After their failure on Friday to lay siege to an Ahmadiyya mosque at Uttara, the Khatme Nabuwat Andolan Bangladesh zealots had vowed to enforce dawn to dusk hartal in Khilkhet, Uttara, Airport, Turag, and Tongi police station areas yesterday ‘at any cost’.
Sixteen Nabuwat activists led by its Amir Noor Hossain Nurani and Secretary General Abdul Alim Nizami took out a procession from Jomiate Sahaba Madrasa at sector-9 in Uttara at 6:00am to start picketing at Abdullahpur.
As a huge number of police were posted at different points there, they marched towards Tongi, chanting anti-Ahmadiyya and hartal slogans.
But later taking a U-turn at Station Road, the procession headed back for Uttara.
When they reached Tongi bridge, the entry point to the capital through Uttara, police in riot gear charged batons to disperse them, leaving several of them, including Nurani, wounded.
After all of his activists fled the scene, Nurani kept shouting and hurling abusive words at police for attacking him despite learning about his identity as chief of the organisation.
As he had one finger of his left hand cut, police rushed him to Bangladesh Medical College Hospital and arranged his treatment.
The Nabuwat activists, however, did not attempt to take to street later in the day.
Talking to The Daily Star, Nurani said hundreds of their activists would join picketing to make today’s hartal a success.
Nurani also alleged that four policemen assaulted him and demanded closing them by today and departmental action against them by Wednesday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), meantime, said they would not let the zealots hamper public life.
The religious bigots declared to lay a siege to the Zia International Airport next Thursday as next course of action to realise their three-point demand including passage of a law during the current parliament session ‘to uphold the dignity’ of last prophet Hazrat Mohammad (pbuh) and setting up ‘Khatme Nabuwat Foundation’.
Nabuwat chief Nurani threatened that they would fight and “sacrifice as many lives as needed” if police try to foil the programme.
“We’ll cancel the programme if only the prime minister agrees to meet our demand and requests us to withdraw the programme,” Nurani said adding that they won’t pay heed to anyone else in this matter, be it BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan or Harris Chowdhury or the prime minister’s son Tarique Rahman or Motiur Rahman Nizami.