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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  June, 2006  Bigots not …
Bigots not seen on Uttara streets to enforce hartal for 2nd day

The Daily Star
Vol. 5 Num 740Tue. June 27, 2006

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Bigots not seen on Uttara streets to enforce hartal for 2nd day

Staff Correspondent

The Khatme Nabuwat Andolan Bangladesh called two-day ‘hartal’ ended yesterday without any effect as none of the anti-Ahmadiyya bigots took to the streets after their chief got injured in Sunday’s police action.

Following the failure to enforce the hartal in the five northern police stations areas in the capital, the zealots have vowed to make their Zia International Airport siege on Thursday a success.

“Thursday’s programme would be a tough one,” Nabuwat chief Noor Hossain Nurani told The Daily Star yesterday, who is now undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Uttara. He also added that they would be prepared for battle with the police to force the government meet their three-point demand.

These include passage of a law in the current parliament session declaring Hazrat Mohammad (pbuh) as the last prophet of Islam, to form a ‘Khatme Nabuwat Foundation’ and to handover an Ahmadiyya mosque to the ‘Muslims’ at Satkhira after making proper investigation.

“We showed enough patience respecting the laws of the country but the government did not pay any heed to us except arranging a few meetings with some low-ranking police officials and bureaucrats,” Nurani said adding that it is time for them to make continuous attacks on the Qadiyanis (Ahmadiyyas) to make the government fulfil their demands.

He, however, said that they might withdraw the Thursday’s siege programme, if prime minister takes steps to implement their demands.

“Besides, the travel agencies also requested me not to enforce any strike at ZIA for it will cause losses to them as well as to the labourers going abroad,” Nurani said.

Although his hospitalisation has literally crippled the activities of the movement, Nurani claimed to have had meetings with the other bodies of Khatme Nabuwat to declare fresh programmes.

He also hinted at shifting the siege programme from the airport to the Naddapara Ahmadiyya mosque, their main target.

The law enforcers on Friday foiled the zealots’ attempt to attack the Ahmadiyya mosque at Ashkona in Uttara and to hang a signboard on the mosque, which read ‘a place of worship for the non-Muslim.‘

The police also dispersed the bigots through baton-charge, when they tried to offer their prayers on Airport Road, leaving some 20 wounded.

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