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Ahmadiyyas demand steps for security
The Daily Star
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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Attack in Tangail
Ahmadiyyas demand steps for security
Staff Correspondent

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jam’aat Bangladesh yesterday urged the government to take active steps to rehabilitate the ousted Ahmadiyyas in Tangail, guarantee their security so that they can perform daily activities safely.

Ten Ahmadiyyas were injured on Sunday when a group of enraged villagers attacked them at Chandtara village of Ghatail upazila when they were raising a mosque.

A section of religious extremists led by a local Jamaat-e-Islami leader are behind the assault, claimed the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jam’aat leaders at a press conference held at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity. They also demanded exemplary punishment for the miscreants.

“Several incidents of harassment and assaults on Ahmadiyyas during the past three years are the sign of cruelty and brutality which is unprecedented,” said Meer Mobasher Ali, Naib National Ameer of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jam’aat Bangladesh.

The Ameer said Tangail District Commissioner assured the community that action will be taken against the miscreants.

“But nothing was done and the miscreants returned at night and looted construction materials, food items and personal belongings of the Ahmadiyyas. Now the victims are starving,” he said.

Meer Mobasher Ali also requested the government to ensure their full citizen rights and remove the obstacles in erecting the mosque at Chandtara of Tangail.

According to the local police, on Sunday the mob also vandalised several houses and two poultry firms owned by the Ahmadiyya community.

The villagers earlier foiled another move to construct the mosque on June 17.

Local Muslims under the banner of ‘Imam Parishad’ also held procession and rally in the village against 40 Ahmadiyya families and also declared to resist the construction of the mosque at any cost.

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad founded the movement Ahmadiyya Muslim Jam’aat (community) on March 23, 1889, envisioning it to be a revitalisation of Islam. Ahmadiyyas consider themselves Muslims and claim to practice Islam in its pristine form.

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