Hefazat-e-Islam leader Junaid Babunagri condemned the Supreme Court verdict and said the long march to Ayodhya is not only aimed at 'saving' the Babri Masjid but also uprooting the Modi government.

The Supreme Court had on November 9 ordered construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site and allocated five-acre land elsewhere in Ayodhya for the construction of the mosque | Photo Credit: IANS

Certain small militant Islamic organisations in Bangladesh are threatening a "long march to Ayodhya to save the Babri Masjid" in protest against the Supreme Court verdict, causing concern in India.

The Hefazat-e-Islam's demonstration against the Ayodhya judgement at the Baitul Mukarram Mosque in Central Dhaka after Friday prayers last month led by Nur Hossain Kashmeri was well-attended by about 3,000 people, highly-placed government sources said. Among those present were Islami Oikyo Jote chairman Abdul Latif Nizami. This has been the largest such protest in years, and there were similar, even if smaller protests in Chittagong, Sylhet and Brahmenberia.

During a meeting in Chittagong, its headquarters, Hefazat leader Junaid Babunagri condemned the Supreme Court verdict and spoke of the long march to Ayodhya, not only to "save" the Babri Masjid but also to uproot the Modi government. The Hefazat, an Islamic organisation, which the ruling Sheikh Hasina government says has links to the Jamaat, is a decade old. 

Indian government sources said India was aware of the threats. India and Bangladesh were cooperating on all security issues.

The Hefazat is also growing. It recently masterminded the formation of a new Islamic organisation, the Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Bangladesh (TKNB) at Darul Uloom Islamia Deobhog Madrassa, Narayanganj, near Dhaka, under the chairmanship of Shah Ahmed Shafi.