Dhaka, Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Ahmadiyyas at Phulbari fear attack by bigots
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Bangladesh, is apprehending attacks on the members of the community by religious bigots at Phulbaria in Jamalpur district where the Khatme Nabuwat Andolon will hold a rally on Thursday.
In a press release on Tuesday, the community sought prior measures from the government and the local administration so that the Khatme Nabuwat Andolon could not unleash attack on them.
Referring to leaflets distributed by the Khatme Nabuwat ahead of its planned rally, they expressed surprise at how local elected representatives and the government officials could involve themselves with such a programme.
Ittefaqul Ulema will organise the rally and Sharishabari municipality chairman, Faridul Kabir Talukdar (Shamim), and upazila nirbahi officer, Mohammed Al-Amin, are scheduled to attend it as guests, according to the leaflet.
Former lawmaker and the president of Sharishabari thana unit of the Awami League, Abdul Malek, and the president of the same thana unit of the ruling BNP, Azim Uddin, are also scheduled to address the rally as special guests.
The Ahmadiyya community press release alleged that the members of the community had come under violent attack in presence of the municipality chairman and brother of a state minister, and the UNO on June 16.
‘Though the UNO imposed 144 to prevent a religious gathering, the administration failed to restrain the attackers,’ the press release said.