TABLIGH CLASHES

Tabligh faction holds demos across Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:41, Dec 08,2018 | Updated: 02:13, Dec 08,2018

 
 

Tabligh Jamaat followers shout slogans at a demonstration in front of Baitul Mokarram mosque in Dhaka on Friday in protest against a clash at Bishwa Ijtema ground at Tongi in Dhaka last week. — New Age photo

A faction of Tabligh Jamaat held demonstration across the country after jumma prayers on Friday in protest at the attack on their fellows at Tongi on December 1.
They blamed followers of Maulana Saad Kandalavi of Nizamuddin centre in Indian city of Delhi for the attack and demanded trial of the attackers.
Amid tight security cordon, the anti-Saad followers staged demonstration in different points in the capital mainly demanding punishment for those who were behind the attack.
Ahead of procession, a group of the demonstrators, led by Ahmed Ali Kasemi, held a rally at the premises of national mosque Baitul Mukarram.
Ahmed Ali Kasemi told New Age that they held the rally to protest against the attack on their fellows by the Saad-supporters.
‘We demand that the government prosecute the attackers,’ said Kasemi.
He accused pro-Saad leaders Wasiful Islam and Sahabuddin Nasim, both the shura members of the Tabligh Jamaat in Bangladesh, of playing direct and indirect role in the attack.
He said they wanted independent investigation into the attack.
Mufti Anamul Haque, another anti-Saad Tabligh leader in Muhammadpur, said they also held a rally in their area to make people aware of Tabligh activities.
Saad supporters also vented their concerns over the procession and rallies, and said ‘tension’ still persisted among their
fellows.
‘We also want judicial inquiry as the clashes were because of ideological difference,’ said Sahabuddin Nasim, who was branded as pro-Saad leader in Tabligh in Bangladesh.
A senior police official at Dhaka Metropolitan Police told New Age that he found not immediate solution to the crisis as it was a global crisis among the Tabligh community over ideological differences.
On December 1, a man was killed and several hundred were injured in a series of clashes between two factions of Tabligh Jamaat allegedly over establishing dominance at Bishwa Ijtema grounds on the banks of the River Turag on the city skirts.

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