Md. Main Uddin,Staff Reporter:
Former Faridpur Union Parishad chairman BNP leader Mohammad Gias Uddin and his younger brother Mohammad Jasim Uddin have been accused of threatening to build a mosque and madrasa in Kuliarchar, Kishoreganj.
Former chairman Gias Uddin and his younger brother Jasim Uddin are the sons of the late Aptab Uddin, the former chairman of the village. And Mohammad Billal, an expatriate from Saudi Arabia, is the son of the late Abdul Haq of the same family.
The incident took place on Sunday morning (August 22) near Nalbaid Madhyapara Government Primary School in Faridpur Union of the upazila.
According to the incident, Mohammad Billal, a Saudi expatriate, bought the land from Mohammad Farid Mia Orufe Feru, son of the late Kasham Ali of the same village, for the purpose of educating children and teenagers in religious education as there was no religious school in Nalbaid Madhyapara village. He built a maktab on the land and moved to Saudi Arabia. After returning to the country from Saudi Arabia a few days ago, she decided to build a mosque and a women’s madrasa on the land as planned. According to an earlier decision, he came to his village Nalbaid Madhyapara from his Savar home and took some cement pillars along with laborers to build a women’s madrasa on that land on Sunday morning, August 22. Upon receiving this news, former chairman Gias Uddin and his younger brother Jasim Uddin went to the land with their team and force, insulted Billal in obscene language, obstructed the construction of the madrasa and threatened to kill him. Billal then escaped with the help of the locals.
Expatriate Mohammad Billal told this correspondent by telephone and through Emu message that there are hundreds of children and teenagers in Nalbaid Madhyapara village. But the girls of that village do not have educational institutions to get religious education.
As a result, the children and adolescents of that village are being deprived of religious education. And with this in mind, I bought that ganda land from Md. Farid Mia Orufe Feru, son of the late Kasham Ali of that village, to build a mosque and a women’s madrasa. I took the cement pillars along with the working people to build a women’s madrasa on that land on Sunday morning, August 22, as per my previous plan. Upon receiving this news, former chairman Gias Uddin and his younger brother Jasim Uddin came to the land with their team and force, insulted me in vulgar language and threatened to kill me by obstructing the construction of the madrasa. With the help of the locals, I escaped from the scene, first to Narsingdi, then to Savar and 2/3 days later to Saudi Arabia. He added that they are always involved in land disputes with terrorists, land grabbers and people in the area.
Asked about this, former chairman Gias Uddin denied obstructing the construction of the madrasa and threatening him, saying, “Billal is our nephew.” If he does madrasa, it is good for the area and our reputation. Besides, why should we stop him from establishing Islamic education? However, he lamented that since he would run a madrasa, it should have been inaugurated by inviting everyone in the house.
He added that the land was bought by my younger brother Jasim Uddin and Billal. But he did not decide who would take which direction, nor did he decide to build a madrasa in a hurry without consulting the elders of the house.
Jasim Uddin said, Billal and I bought the land together. There is also a maktab on that land at present. Billal and I shared the amount of space required to do the maktab at the same rate. As such, the construction of a madrasa should have started after the two of them consulted and decided who would take the place. But he did not do so, we forbade him to come to the madrasa on his sole decision. However, he was not threatened or abused.
Mohammad Kalam Billal, an eyewitness of the incident, admitted that he had come to build a madrasa and said that no such incident had taken place here. After Billal came to the land with a few cement pillars to build a madrasa, he started arguing with the former chairman and Jasim. I then came to the scene with a few more people and immediately stopped them. Billal later left the scene.
However, after talking to several local people, they said that their children and teenagers are being deprived of religious education as there are no religious educational institutions in their vicinity. If the mosque and madrasa are built here, the children and teenagers of this village will be able to get religious education. Many in the area claim that if there is a female madrasa here, the girls of that village will be educated in religious education.
Faridpur Union Parishad chairman Muhammad Shah Alam said, “I knew there was a land dispute between them before but I am not aware of any obstruction to the madrasa.”