Assam has change into a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism and 5 ‘jihadi’ modules linked to terror outfits linked to al-Qaeda have been busted in Bangladesh within the final 4 months, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma knowledgeable on Thursday.
“Now we have busted 5 modules of Ansarullah Bangla Group (ABT), a banned Bangladeshi terror outfit linked to al-Qaeda within the Indian subcontinent (AQIS), within the final 4 months,” Sarma mentioned whereas addressing a press convention.
“Inputs supplied by these arrested helped in busting terror modules in West Bengal, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. All this was accomplished with the energetic cooperation and coordination of nationwide safety companies.
Sarma mentioned that as per the obtainable intelligence, at the least six ABT members from Bangladesh had illegally entered India round 2016-2017 and in Assam by informing the native youth concerning the ‘jihadi’ ideology, there have been terror modules and sleeper cells. have been making.
“Now it has been proved with none doubt that Assam has change into a sizzling mattress for Islamic fundamentalism. Out of the six ABT members, we now have arrested just one and 5 are absconding. On this means, you may get an thought of the seriousness of the state of affairs. There could also be 100 others about which we’re not conscious,” the CM mentioned.
“Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in Kabul a number of days in the past. It was the identical man who appealed for jihad in Assam. This exhibits that Assam is already on the radar of the highest management of Al-Qaeda.”
5 modules, 4 months
On 27 July, police in Barpeta district busted the ABT module and arrested 9 individuals – 8 in Barpeta and one in Guwahati. On the identical day, one other module busted in Karnataka with the arrest of a resident of Kathigora in Cachar district of Assam in Bengaluru.
A day later, on 28 July, police in Morigaon district busted one other module and arrested Mufti Mustafa in Moirabari. The accused used to run a ‘madrasa’ the place youngsters have been taught the ‘jihadi’ ideology. Mustafa allegedly sheltered ABT members from Bangladesh and in addition acted as a conduit for monetary transactions from the neighboring nation.
Mustafa acquired his doctorate in Islamic regulation from Bhopal in 2017 and had beforehand studied at Islamic establishments in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. After coming again to Assam, he opened a madrasa at Saharigaon in Moribari, Morigaon, the place 43 college students have been finding out.
“The madrassa, which was sealed on July 28, was demolished on Thursday beneath the provisions of the Catastrophe Administration Act in addition to the Illegal Actions Prevention Act (UAPA) because it was constructed with out the permission of the native authorities, It had unlawful electrical energy connection and it was unsafe,” Himanta mentioned.
“The scholars finding out there have been admitted to authorities colleges with the energetic assist of their mother and father and guardians. Mustafa had met high ABT leaders in Bangladesh and digital proof, together with ‘jihadi’ literature, jihadi movies, was present in his telephone.
The CM mentioned Mustafa had hyperlinks with all ‘Jihadi’ modules which have been busted and he in flip was in contact with the highest management of ABT – he used to get cash in small installments from ABT in Bangladesh for the previous few years. It’s suspected that Mustafa had hyperlinks with absconding members of the ABT.
On 4 March, Barpeta district police busted a sleeper cell of ABT and arrested 6 individuals together with a Bangladeshi nationwide named Mohammad Suman. Suman, a resident of Narayanganj district of Bangladesh, had entered India illegally through West Bengal, later married a woman in Assam and settled in Barpeta in 2018.
“He was working as an Arabic trainer in a neighborhood madrassa in addition to a preacher in a mosque in Dhakalipara, Barpeta. Suman was motivating terrorist ideology to recruit Muslim youth into jihadist organizations and create a base for al-Qaeda,” Sarma mentioned.
On April 14, Barpeta police busted one other ABT sleeper cell and arrested six individuals in one other case. In the identical month, one other module was busted in Bongaigaon district and 5 individuals, together with three residents of Tripura, have been arrested.
know-how and technique
In keeping with the police investigation, members of ABT have been discovered to be utilizing extremely refined know-how to speak, not often utilizing their telephones for calls and a whole cut up of assorted modules with members utilizing a number of aliases. was.
“Now we have noticed that the arrested individuals have excessive diploma of extremism and full allegiance to ‘Shariat’ regulation. The attention-grabbing factor is that until now the middle of all these actions appears to be ‘Madrasa’. I’m not making generalisations, however anybody who has been arrested until date has had any hyperlinks with ‘madrasas’ or was working as a preacher in a mosque,” Sarma mentioned.
“These individuals have been working as preachers in mosques – as a canopy job – their intention was to wage jihad in opposition to India and set up ‘Shariat’ regulation. Many trainings by these individuals, particularly throughout COVID-19 Camps have been organized. They got coaching in tradecraft (a method/know-how utilized in fashionable espionage), fanaticism, schooling, gun coaching and bomb making.
Himanta mentioned Bangladesh’s ABT members begin with discovering a base, then inspire the youth, then actively take part in ‘jihadi’ actions and at last result in subversive actions.
“Their thought is to teach a lot of the inhabitants on the earliest. These individuals don’t bask in subversive actions except they encourage a lot of individuals to revolt in opposition to the state,” the CM mentioned.
He knowledgeable that the state authorities is taking this matter very significantly and is making a particular cell within the Assam Police to look into the matter particularly. This will likely be an ongoing exercise and the police will proceed to nab them and bust their modules.
Describing the state of affairs as worrying, Himanta urged everybody to tell the police in the event that they see something suspicious. He requested the Muslims of the state to watch out for preachers in native mosques who come from outdoors the state.
Muslim and Madrasa
“It’s unsuitable to say that every one Muslims in Assam have ‘Jihadi’ tendencies. A lot of the data and tip-offs concerning the modules we now have busted have come from native Muslims who’re peace loving. We should always not generalize this That every one madrasas are instructing ‘jihadi’ literature or indulging in preaching,” Himanta mentioned.
“We aren’t focusing on anybody with out Aadhaar. Motion has been taken on the idea of particular data for the aim of safety of India and Indians. There isn’t a different malice or motivation. What’s being taught in madrasas must be intently monitored by the native residents.
The Assam authorities has already closed round 800 authorities madrassas within the state and transformed them into common colleges. In keeping with authorities figures, there are at the moment round 1,500 personal madrassas – 800 ‘Kavami madrasas’, 500 ‘Hafizhi madrasas’ and 200 ‘banat madrasas’.
“I’m certain that the Muslims of Assam will cooperate with us. This isn’t to defame any group, however to alert them and search their cooperation. We by no means inquired as to who’s working as a preacher in mosques or different non secular locations. However now we now have to pay attention to pracharaks in mosques who will not be from Assam,” Himanta mentioned.
The CM recommended that madrasas, together with non secular schooling, ought to educate arithmetic and different topics to the scholars in order that they’ll later resolve whether or not they need to proceed non secular research or go to different fields. He mentioned that madrassas must be recurrently inspected and registered.
Himanta knowledgeable that the state authorities will take affirmative motion by beginning Adarsh authorities colleges in Muslim areas in order that poor individuals have choices aside from madrasas the place they’ll ship their youngsters to check.
“Whereas In style Entrance of India (PFI) has no direct hyperlink with the ABT module busted by us, that group is creating an eco-system. They’re spreading lies that Muslims are victims of the state. They don’t discuss the advantages given to Muslims within the final eight years,” the CM mentioned.
Giving a background to the ‘jihadi’ actions within the state, Himanta defined that he was first seen in 1999 with the explosion of a module of the Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HUM). In 2003-04 a module of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI) was busted.
Between 2011 and 2016, safety forces busted a number of modules of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JUM), Bangladesh and Hizbul Mujahideen. A module of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) was detected in 2018.