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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  May, 2006  Section 144 …
Section 144 bars Ahmadiyyas from holding religious festival in B’baria

The Daily Star
Vol. 5 Num 702Sun. May 21, 2006

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Section 144 bars Ahmadiyyas from holding religious festival in B’baria

Staff Correspondent, from Brahmanbaria

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat could not hold their earlier scheduled religious festival ‘Salana Jalsha’ in the district town due to imposition of Section 144 yesterday.

The Ahmadiyya Muslims protested the religious bigots’ barriers and imposing Section 144 by the district administration, and demanded giving back their mosque occupied by the fundamentalist force and legal help for holding its annual religious festival.

The religious bigots called a Tafsir Mahfil only to foil their religious festival, Ahmadiyya leaders said at a press conference.

The religious extremists have been interfering in their religious practice for over 50 years, they added.

Khatme Nabuwat, an outfit of religious bigots, has been agitating against the Ahmadiyyas’ religious practices in the country for long and demanding declaration of the community as non-Muslim.

Reading out a written statement, Ahmadiyya Ameer Mohammad Monjur Hossain demanded that the government ensure constitutional rights to the Ahmadiyya people, give them back five mosques and help them in holding Salana Jalsha in the district.

’Salana Jalsha’ was scheduled to be held in the district town after 20 years but the religious bigots at a meeting chaired by the Mufti of Brahmanbaria Yunisia Madrasa vowed to resist the festival and announced a three-day Tafsir Mahfil at the Masjid-e-Fateha, which was captured by the fundamentalists in 1987, around 60 feet from the place where the Ahmadiyyas wanted to hold their festival.

Even after giving the Ahmadiyyas permission to hold the Jalsha, the district administration imposed Section 144 apparently to avert clashes.

Due to the Section 144, Tafsir Mahfil of the religious bigots could not be held too.

Huge contingents of armed police have been deployed in the tense town.

Local leaders of Workers Party of Bangladesh, Communist Party of Bangladesh and Jubo Moitree in separate statements protested trouble-making by the religious bigots and the imposition of Section 144.

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