Bangladesh: Ahmadiyya leaders allege police of discrimination

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Bangladesh yesterday alleged that police in Panchagarh are showing discriminatory attitude towards them.

Leaders of the community were speaking at a press conference at its headquarters in Dhaka, where they also alleged that police did not register a case in two and a half months since an attack on the community on February 12 that left at least 25 injured.

On May 2, the Ahmadiyya community was forced to curtail their traditional three-day annual national convention to just six hours. The programme, originally scheduled in February, was postponed following the attack.

Abdul Awwal Khan Chowdhury, muballigh in-charge of the community, blamed police for this.

Naib national ameer of the community Ahmad Tabshir Chowdhury said many of the 17 conditions the district administration gave to hold the programmes were illegal.

Contacted, Gias Uddin Ahmed, superintendent of Panchagarh police said, “We helped them organise their programme peacefully.”

Two cases were filed after the attack, the SP said, adding that police are still deployed to guard members of the community.


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