Vol. 5 Num 351 Wed. May 25, 2005  
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Satkhira bigots hold rallies defying ban

Religious bigots led by Khatme Nabuwat held two rallies in violation of the district administration's prohibition of assembly in Shyampur bazaar of Satkhira yesterday, causing panic among the local Ahmadiyyas.

Over three thousand zealots took part in the rallies held at Kashimari High School playground and Kaliganj Fultala.

Earlier in the morning, police demolished the podium erected for the rally at the same place at 11:00am, and seized microphones from the activists of anti-Ahmadiyya outfit International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh (IKNMB). In the face of police action, IKNMB Nayeb-e-Amir Nur Hossain Nurani cancelled the rally but called on his men to assemble at the same place at 5:00pm.

Addressing the Kashimari rally, IKNMB leaders threatened to attack the Ahmadiyyas again if a case filed against IKNMB leaders is not withdrawn by May 30.

They demanded that a signboard, which they posted on the Ahmadiyya complex with police assistance on April 17, be hung again also by May 30. The signboard read: 'A place of worship for the Ahmadiyya Community, Sundarban Bazar' and advised Muslims not to mistake the place for a mosque.

The Khatme Nabuwat leaders, who had already cancelled the June 1 programme of laying siege to local Ahmadiyya complex, claimed that 106 Ahmadiyyas were converted to Muslims yesterday and a grand rally will be held at Syed Salauddin Chattar on May 31 to accord them a reception.

Religious bigots on April 17 attacked Ahmadiyyas at Sundarban Bazar Shyamnagar, injuring over 50 people, including women and children, and looted at least 10 houses.

Following the attack, Ahmadiyyas filed a case with the Shyamnagar Police Station.

The religious bigots also held a rally Kaliganj Fultala at 3.00pm the same day, urging police to observe the duties of a Muslim and not to protect Ahmadiyyas as 'they are the enemies of Islam'.

Addressing the rally, Nurani said: "Police have violated the constitution as well as Islam by trying to prevent them from holding rally."

He claimed that they were holding rallies in Satkhira with prior permission from the home ministry.

The civil society members under the banner of Samprodayeek Samprity Committee will hold a rally tomorrow at Shaheed Abdur Razzak Road. Justice KM Sobhan will preside over the rally.