Attack on Ahmadiyya Community in Panchagarh, 50 injured including Police : ASK’s Concern and Protest

Yesterday, on 12 February, there was an incident of attack and burning down homes and shops of the Ahmadiyya community at night at Ahmadnagar area of Panchagarh town. Fifty people including members of the police were injured in that incident. Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) expresses its protest and grave concern over the incident.
According to media reports, on Tuesday (12 February 2019) at around 11 pm at night, Khatm-e-Nubuwwat Songrokkhon Parishad, Iman-Akida Raksha Committee and several other organisations started a procession, demanding a ban on Ahmadiyya community’s pre-declared religious program, Annual Convention, Jalsha. At one point, when the anti-Ahmadiyya people wanted to move to Ahmadnagar area, the police stopped them on the Karatoya Bridge. During the chase-counter chase between the police and protestors, a fraction of the anti-Ahmadiyya group entered the Ahmadnagar area where they attacked homes and shops. In their attack, they destroyed and burned down 10/12 homes and shops. Fifty persons, including members of the police, were injured. Taher Jugal, President of Ahmadnagar Muslim Jamaat, claimed that at least 40 of their men were wounded. Among them, 21 have been admitted to hospital; one of them is in a critical condition.
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) notes with deep concern that attacks on Ahmadiyya community by religious extremist groups have been consistently taking place over the last few years, which is contrary to the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. ASK believes, if effective measures are not taken against those who were involved in this incident, it will invigorate religious fanaticism and extremism. Besides, it will create obstacles for the people of different religionsto enjoy their religions and increase a sense of insecurity regarding their life and property. ASK demands the Government to take immediate and effective measures against the attack on Ahmadiyya community.