Bid to demolish Ahmadiya mosque foiled
By BAA, Dhaka
Nov 5, 2004, 12:52
An attempt to demolish an Ahmadiya mosque in the capitals Tejgaon area by the activists of an Islamic organisation was on Friday foiled, without any flare-up of violence.
International Khatme Nabuat Andolan Bangladesh (IKNA), an anti-Qadiani group, led a march towards the mosque of the sect after Juma prayers.
The zealots brought out the procession, waving anti-Qadiani festoons, from Rahim Metal Jame Mosque at Tejgaon and held a rally at the Nabisco crossing in the same area, where security personnel put up barricades.
Addressing the rally, the speakers called upon the government to pass a bill in Jatiya Sangsad declaring the Ahmadiya community non-Muslim.
They strongly condemned what they called interference by foreign diplomats in the countrys internal matters and their visit to the Qadiani mosque violating diplomatic code of conduct.
Secretary of the International Khatme Nabuat Andolan, Bangladesh Alhaj Nazmul Haque, and Secretary General of Islami Shasontantra Andolan Maulana Abdur Rab Yusufi and Joint Secretary ATM Hemayet Uddin, among others, spoke at the rally. Andolan president and Rahim Metal Jame Mosque Imam Hafez Maulana Mahmudul Hasan Momtazi presided.
Witnesses said the demonstrators were held back from marching on the Qadiani sects mosque by a strong contingent of some 1,000 security personnel of the police, paramilitary BDR and armed police battalion.
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