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12:00 AM, December 07, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:09 AM, December 07, 2018

Faction of Tabligh Jamaat to bring out countrywide protest rallies today

A faction of Tabligh Jamaat will bring out countrywide protest rallies today after Juma prayers, demanding arrest of those who attacked them on December 1.

They alleged that their rivals, loyal to Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, were involved in the attack.  

The faction, led by Maulana Zubair, made the announcement yesterday from a press conference in capital's Dhaka Reporters' Unity auditorium.

“All imams of mosques across the country have been asked to speak about the Tongi incident,” said spokesperson of the faction Mufti Aminul Haque.

He claimed that at least 896 Tabligh men from 30 madrasas were injured in the violence.

Mufti Aminul Haque also placed a seven-point demand, including arrest of attackers and conspirators loyal to Maulana Saad.

The faction also vowed to hold 2019 Bishwa Ijtema as per their pre-scheduled time (first phase from January 18 to 20 and second phase from January 25 to 27).

Vice President of Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh, the largest qawmi madrasa education board in the country, Maulana Mohammad Nurul Islam blamed negligence of law enforcers during the clash.

“They (the Saad faction) first threw brick chips at us indiscriminately while we were taking preparations for the Ijtema, but law enforcers did not take any steps initially and that is why clashes erupted,” he added.

He demanded immediate intervention of the government to resolve the crisis between the two groups.

Meanwhile, Maulana Saad Kandhalvi-led faction of Tabligh yesterday criticised Officer-in-Charge of Ramna Police Station Kazi Mainul Islam, for his negligence in filing case against followers of Maulana Zubair.

In a written statement, the faction claimed that some Zubair faction activists have seized passports and money of Indonesian guests, who were residing at Kakrail mosque following the clash.

“They beat up our foreign guests, and their belongings were also stolen, so that they do not talk in favour of us internationally,” the statement added.

On December 1, at least one person was killed in a series of clashes in front of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport between two factions of Tabligh Jamaat, that were trying to establish control over the Bishwa Ijtema grounds. More than 200 people were also injured in the clashes.

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