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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  July, 2006  Ahmadiyyas demand …
Ahmadiyyas demand protection

The Daily Star
Vol. 5 Num 760Mon. July 17, 2006

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Bigots’ Threat
Ahmadiyyas demand protection
Staff Correspondent

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat once again urged the government to protect the minority sect in the wake of religious extremists’ recent threats of holding them incommunicado at their houses and spreading hatred among the villagers at Sharishabari in Jamalpur.

The minority sect also condemned law enforcers for being silent and reluctant to act in two assault incidents on Ahmadiyyas on July 29 last year and June 16 this year. The sect believes it encouraged the bigots to be more aggressive.

The recent declaration of holding ‘incommunicado’ the Ahmadiyyas by the extremists at Ijara Para on Thursday instigated communalism among the common villagers, who have started boycotting the minority members socially.

The Ahmadiyyas have become confined to their houses and refrained from going to work after the fanatics, agitating under the banner of ‘Ittefaqul Ulama’, threatened of attacks on them.

The local Ahmadiyyas lodged two general diaries (GD) with Sarishabari Police Station on July 7 and 9 in this connection but the local police failed to ensure their security.

The fresh campaign against the Ahmadiyyas began on Thursday at a ‘Khatme Nabuwat’ rally in Fulbaria Ijarapara Primary School ground where the Ittefaqul leaders asked locals to boycott Ahmadiyyas, stop selling anything to them or have any kind of contacts with them.

The fatwa (an Islamic decree), was issued from different local mosques including Baitun Nur Masjid during the Juma prayers Friday, instigating the locals not to communicate with the Ahmadiyyas.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Bangladesh yesterday in a press release expressed their concern and sought government’s intervention to ensure the safety of the minority sect across the country, a constitutional right of all.

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