Friday, March 4, 2011

Body of Ahmadiyah Follower Dug Up in Bandung

Jakarta Globe, Indonesia
Body of Ahmadiyah Follower Dug Up in Bandung
Antara & JG | March 04, 2011

An unidentified group of people has dug up the body of an Ahmadiyah follower in Bandung, West Java and left it abandoned in the graveyard.

The damaged tomb belonged to Mulyadi, 55, of Buni Jaya village who was buried on Thursday . Shortly after the burial, a group of men came and forced the gravedigger to take the body out of the tomb.

“It’s true that the tomb of our follower from Buni Jaya was dug out,” a spokesman for the Ahmadiyah congregation in Bandung, Ahmad Sulaeman said.

“He was from Bogor but his family lives in Buni Jaya and they wanted him to be buried there,” he added.

According to Ahmad, Mulyadi was buried at 9.30 a.m. on Thursday at Buni Jaya public cemetery. Half an hour later a group of men came and forced the grave digger to unearth the body and leave it in the grave yard. The family and a number of Ahmadiyah followers later took the body and buried it on the property of another Ahmadiyah follower.

A spokesman for the Indonesia Ahmadiyah Congregation (JAI), Firdaus Mubarik, told the Globe that the incident had dangerous implications.

“This is very dangerous because it shows that haters will do anything to attack Ahmadiyah,” he said, adding that he hoped the incident would not be repeated elsewhere.

“We will probably have to bury our followers on a special land, separate from the public cemetery. We already did it in East Lombok where the Ahmadiyah cemetery is side by side with a Christian cemetery,” Firdaus said.

The national secretary of Ahmadiyah Indonesia, Zafrullah Pontoh was at a loss for words when contacted by the Globe.

“I don’t know what else to say… It was a very bad thing, I just hope it won’t happen again,” he said.

Meanwhile, the coordinator of Bandung’s Ahmadiyah congregation, Rafiq, expressed regret for the incident.

“We are deeply troubled by this. We hope the police will catch the perpetrators and punish them because we consider this a violent act.”

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