Ahmadiyya Muslims at Ahmadnagar in Panchagarh are now passing days in panic in the face of continuous threats from religious bigots who recently went on a rampage and torched their properties.
Maulana Yahya, a religious teacher at Ahmadiya masjid in the area, told New Age that the local extremists were threatening their community members that police would not be able to save them for long.
Shafique Ahmed, a local Ahmadiyya community member, also said that they were threatened to face dire consequences if they file any cases with police over the recent attack.
Panchagarh assistant superintendent of police Sudarshan Kumar Roy said that they were investigating into the matter.
Panchagarh plice officer-in-charge Abu Akkas Ahmed said any case is yet to be recorded over the attack at Ahmadnagar.
On February 12, more than 50 people sustained injuries and properties of Ahmadiyya Muslims were burnt when local bigots went on a rampage at Ahmadnagar.
The attack was carried out ahead of the national convention of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Bangladesh scheduled to be held from February 22 at Ahmadnagar.
After the attack, Panchagarh district administration had also cancelled permission to hold Ahmadiyya convention at Ahmadnagar.
The bigots under the banner of Khatm-e-Nabuwat Sangrakkhan Parishad were carrying out smear campaign across the district and organised people from various areas. Similar campaigns were carried out by some other groups supported by Hefazat-e Islam chief Shah Ahmad Shafi Zunaid Babunagari — Iman Akida Rakkha Committee, Islami Juba Samaj and Tauhidi Janata, said the Ahmadiyyas.
The Hefazat-e-Islam, a qoumi madrasah-based organisation, and various platforms of Khatm-e-Nabuwat are asking the government to declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims.