Bangladesh: Two killed in clashes with police during protest against Ahmadiyya congregation

Two persons were killed and more than two dozen injured, including police personnel, in clashes between police and protesters demanding stoppage of an Ahmadiyya sect congregation in Panchagarh district in northern Bangladesh on Friday. Teams of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) were deployed in the area to help police in controlling the arson, looting and attacks against the Ahmadiyyas.

 The trouble started after the Juma prayers when people from several mosques started marching towards the Ahmadiyya village where the congregation was being held on Friday. The police stopped them near the Kartoya bridge in the town but they came under attack by the protesters.

 Subsequently, the mob attacked Ahmadiyya people holding a congregation at Ahmednagar, on the outskirts of the city.  The district administration postponed the congregation scheduled from Friday, 03rd of March till Sunday, 06th of March, following the clashes.

Earlier, Islami Andolan Bangladesh, one of the hardline religious organisations of Bangladesh, had petitioned the local administration on Thursday not to allow the Ahmadiyya annual congregation- Salana Jalsa in Ahmednagar. They had also organised a roadblock in Panchagarh to protest against the Ahmadiyya congregation. 

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