Monday, April 26, 2010

Burial barred as she was Ahmadiyya

---The Daily Star, Bangladesh
Monday, April 26, 2010 | Front Page
Burial barred as she was Ahmadiyya
Staff Correspondent

The devotees of a mosque yesterday obstructed the burial of an elderly woman of Ahmadiyya community at a graveyard in the city’s Tejgaon Industrial area.

The body of Akimunnesa, 62, a resident of East Nakhalpara, was finally buried in a graveyard near Mohakhali bus terminal amid resistance from the devotees of Rahim Metal Jam-e-Mosque in the area.

Rafiq Ahmed, brother of the deceased, said they took the body to the graveyard of the mosque where their grand parents had been buried.

But the devotees and the people of the mosque committee barred them from burying the body saying Ahmadiyyas are not Muslim and the body of a non-Muslim could not be buried there, he added.

Devotees told reporters that the graveyard is used for the burial of the bodies of the Muslim community but not for non-Muslims.

Akimunnesa died as bricks from the rooftop of a six-storey building at East Nakhalpara fell on her head around 8:30pm on Saturday.

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