Workers repair Keramatia Jame Masjid, a heritage mosque just beside the border at Barakhata in Hatibandha upazila under Lalmonirhat district, as Indian Border Security Force on May 15 withdrew their objection to the work, after long 10 years. PHOTO: STAR
The repair work of Keramatia Jame Masjid, an ancient mosque, has finally started as the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) withdrew its objection to it.
Earlier, the mosque was repaired before the country's liberation war, said locals.
Located at Barakhata village, only 10 meters away from zero line of border, in Hatibandha upazila, the construction work of the mosque came to a halt in 2004 due to protest by BSF as no such work is normally allowed on no-man's land.
Following a flag meeting between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and BSF on the frontier on May 15, the repair work of the mosque resumed, said Lt Col Shafiul Alam, commanding officer of BGB-15 Battalion.
Talking to this correspondent, elderly Mohar Ali, 87, Naya Miah, 92 and Ohidar Rahman, 85, of the village, said they were not aware about the founding date and time of the mosque, locally called as Gayebi Masjid.
“The mosque might be established 400 years ago”, they said, adding that they took an initiative to repair the mosque 10 years ago but it was halted due to a protest by the BSF.
They expressed their happiness for cooperation between BGB and BSF over the issue.
“The BSF team agreed on condition that no heavy construction work would be done by the mosque near the border zero line”, said Commanding Officer of 15 BGB Battalion Shafiul Alam.
A good number of people from different villages come to the mosque say their prayers everyday, he said.