Assam has turn into a hotbed for Islamic fundamentalism and 5 ‘jihadi’ modules with hyperlinks to Al-Qaeda affiliated terror outfits in Bangladesh have been busted previously 4 months, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma knowledgeable on Thursday.

“We have now busted 5 modules of Ansarullah Bangla Crew (ABT), a banned terror outfit of Bangladesh with hyperlinks to Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), previously 4 months,” Sarma mentioned whereas addressing a press convention.

“Inputs offered by these arrested helped bust terror modules in West Bengal, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. All this was achieved with the energetic cooperation and coordination of nationwide safety businesses,” he added.

Sarma mentioned that as per obtainable intelligence a minimum of six ABT members from Bangladesh had entered India illegally round 2016-2017 and have been creating terror modules and sleeper cells by indoctrinating native youths in Assam about ‘jihadi’ ideology.

“It has now been proved past doubt that Assam has turn into a sizzling mattress for Islamic fundamentalism. Of the six ABT members, we now have nabbed only one and 5 are absconding. So, you’ll be able to think about the gravity of the state of affairs. There could also be 100 such others, which we aren’t conscious,” mentioned the CM.

“Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri was killed a couple of days again in Kabul. This was the identical man who had appealed for jihad in Assam. This exhibits that Assam is already within the radar of the highest Al-Qaeda management,” he added.

5 Modules, 4 Months

On July 27, police in Barpeta district busted an ABT module and arrested 9 individuals—8 in Barpeta and one in Guwahati. The identical day, one other module was busted in Karnataka with the arrest of a resident of Kathigora in Cachar district of Assam in Bengaluru.

A day in a while July 28, police in Morigaon district busted one other module and nabbed Mufti Mustafa at Moirabari. The accused used to run a ‘madrasa’ the place kids had been indoctrinated in ‘jihadi’ ideology. Mustafa allegedly used to shelter ABT members from Bangladesh and in addition acted as a conduit for monetary transactions from the neighbouring nation.

Mustafa obtained a doctorate in Islamic legislation from Bhopal in 2017 and had earlier studied in Islamic institutes in Maharasthra and Uttar Pradesh. After coming again to Assam, he opened a madrasa at Saharigaon in Moribari, Morigaon the place 43 college students had been finding out.

“The madrasa, which was sealed on July 28, was demolished on Thursday beneath the provisions of the Catastrophe Administration Act in addition to Illegal Actions Prevention Act (UAPA) because it was constructed with out permission from native authorities, had unlawful electrical energy connection and it was unsafe,” mentioned Himanta.

“The scholars finding out there have been admitted in authorities colleges with energetic help of their guardians and oldsters. Mustafa had met high leaders of ABT in Bangladesh and ‘jihadi’ literature, digital proof together with jihadi movies had been present in his telephone,’ he added.

The CM mentioned Mustafa had hyperlinks with all ‘jihadi’ modules which were busted and he in flip had been in contact with the highest management of ABT—he used to get cash from ABT in Bangladesh in small instalments for the reason that previous few years. There’s suspicion that Mustafa had hyperlinks with the absconding ABT members.

On March 4, a sleeper cell of ABT was busted by Barpeta district police and 6 individuals together with a Bangladeshi nationwide referred to as Mohammed Suman arrested. A resident of Narayanganj district in Bangladesh, Suman had entered India illegally by way of West Bengal, later married a woman in Assam and settled in Barpeta in 2018.

“He was working as an Arabic instructor in a neighborhood ‘madrasa’ in addition to a preacher in a mosque at Dhakalipara in Barpeta. Suman was indoctrinating terror ideology amongst Muslim youths with a view to recruit them in jihadi outfits and create a base for Al-Qaeda,” mentioned Sarma.

On April 14, Barpeta police busted one other ABT sleeper cell and arrested six individuals in reference to one other case. The identical month one other module was busted in Bongaigaon district and 5 individuals together with three residents of Tripura had been arrested.

Know-how and Technique

In accordance police investigation, members of ABT had been discovered utilizing highly-sophisticated expertise to speak, not often utilizing their telephones for calls and there was full compartmentalisation of various modules with members utilizing a number of aliases.

“We observed excessive ranges of radicalisation and whole allegiance to ‘shariat’ legislation amongst these arrested. Curiously, the hub of all these actions, as of now, seems to be ‘madrasas’. I’m not generalising, however whoever has been arrested until date have had some reference to ‘madrasas’ or had been appearing as preachers in some mosque,” mentioned Sarma.

“These individuals had been working as preachers in mosques—as a canopy job—their intention was to wage jihad towards India and set up ‘shariat’ legislation. A number of coaching camps had been organised by these individuals particularly throughout Covid-19 occasions. They had been skilled in tradecraft (strategies/expertise utilized in fashionable espionage), radicalisation, indoctrination, gun coaching and bomb making,” he added.

Himanta said that the ABT members from Bangaldesh begin with discovering a base, adopted by indoctrination of youths, then energetic participation in ‘jihadi’ works and eventually resulting in subversive actions.

“Their concept is to indoctrinate massive variety of inhabitants as shortly as attainable. These persons are not involved in indulging in subversive actions until they indoctrinate a lot of individuals in order that there generally is a rebel towards the state,” mentioned the CM.

He knowledgeable that the state authorities is taking the problem very severely and is making a particular cell in Assam Police to particularly take a look at this subject. This shall be a steady exercise and police will proceed nabbing them and busting their modules.

Terming the state of affairs as worrisome, Himanta urged everybody ought to turn into and inform police in the event that they discover something suspicious. He requested Muslims within the state to watch out about preachers in native mosques who come from exterior the state.

Muslims and Madrasas

“It’s unfaithful to recommend that each one Muslims in Assam have ‘jihadi’ tendencies. Most info and tip-offs about modules we now have busted got here from native Muslims who’re peace loving. We must always not generalize that each one ‘madrasas’ are educating ‘jihadi’ literature or indulging in indoctrination,” mentioned Himanta.

“We aren’t focusing on anybody with out foundation. Actions have been taken primarily based on particular info with the intention of defending India and Indians. There’s no different malice or motivation. There must be a extra vigorous watch by native residents on what’s being taught in ‘madrasas’,” he added.

The Assam authorities has already closed almost 800 government-run ‘madrasas’ within the state and transformed these to common colleges. In accordance with authorities knowledge, at current there are round 1,500 personal madrasas–800 ‘qawmi madrasas’, 500 ‘hafizi madrasas’ and 200 ‘banat madrasas’.

“I’ve agency perception that Muslims of Assam will cooperate with us. This isn’t to defame any neighborhood, however to alert them and search their cooperation. We have now by no means investigated who’re working as preachers in mosques or in different non secular locations. However now we must remember about preachers in mosques who are usually not from Assam,” mentioned Himanta.

The CM recommended that together with non secular schooling ‘madrasas’ ought to educate college students Maths and different topics in order that they can determine later whether or not they wish to proceed with non secular research or be part of different fields. He added that there must be common inspection of ‘madrasas’ and they need to be registered.

Himanta knowledgeable that the state authorities would take affirmative motion by beginning mannequin authorities colleges in Muslim areas in order that poor individuals produce other choices than ‘madrasas’ the place they will ship their kids to review.

“Whereas Fashionable Entrance of India (PFI) has no direct hyperlinks with the ABT modules we busted, that organisation is creating an eco-system. They’re spreading lies that Muslims are victims of the state. They don’t discuss advantages given to Muslims previously eight years,” mentioned the CM.

Giving a background to ‘jihadi’ actions within the state, Himanta knowledgeable that they had been first observed in 1999 with bursting of a module of Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Mujahedin (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 Jamat-ul-Mujahedin (JUM), Bangladesh and Hijbul Mujahedin. In 2018, one module of Hijbul Mujahedin (HM) was detected.

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