Our Correspondent, Tangail
Ten Ahmadiyyas were injured yesterday when a group of enraged villagers attacked them at Chandtara village of Ghatail upazila yesterday afternoon.
The followers of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Bangladesh came under attack at 2:00pm after inaugurating the construction works of a mosque at Akandapara, local sources said.
The injured were Jafarullah, Mozibor, Halim, Saidur, Arif, Motaher, Abdul Hai and Ibrahim Hossain. Identities of the two other victims could not be ascertained. The injured were sent to Tangail and Dhaka for treatment.
Angered at the Ahmadiyaa move to raise a mosque, the mob attacked them with brick chips and bamboo sticks. They also vandalised several houses and two poultry firms owned by the Ahmadiyya community, police sources said.
A police team from Ghatail Police Station rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mominur Rahman confirmed the incident. “No one was arrested and no case was filed in this regard till 5:15pm,” added the OC.
The villagers of the same locality in an attack on June 17 foiled another move to construct the mosque.
Local Muslims under the banner of ‘Imam Parishad’ 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 Jama’at (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.