Assam’s police and central authorities on Thursday arrested 11 people, including a Madrassa teacher, for alleged links to Al-Qaeda terrorist organizations in the Indian subcontinent (AQIS) and the Bangladesh-based Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT).
Commenting on the arrests, Assam’s chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, commented: “From yesterday to today, we busted two jihadist modules in the Assam districts of Barpeta and Morigaon and detained all people associated with jihadist modules.” This coordinated action with the national police forces was a joint effort and we will learn much more from these arrests.”
“We have closed 700 government madrassa and now we have started general education in it. In one module, we caught a Madrassa teacher. All the children in those closed madrassas will be taken to the general schools,” he said.
“Assam police have detained 11 people from Morigaon, Barpeta, Guwahati and Goalpara districts,” said GP Singh, Special DGP L&O, Border, Director of V&AC and Head of Anti-Rhino Poaching Task Force, Assam. They are linked to Islamic fundamentalism and have ties to global terror organizations such as AQIS and ABT. Further measures will be taken in accordance with the law.”
According to Assam police, Mustafa alias Mufti Mustafa, accused in the case, is a resident of Saharia Gaon in Morigaon district and an active member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) associated with Al Qaeda in India. Subcontinent (AQIS).
He is a major financial channel of the ABT module in India.
Along with Mustafa, the police arrested Afsaruddin Bhuyan (39) from Morigaon, Abbas Ali (22) from Goalpara, Mehbubur Rehman alias Mehbub (member of Ansarullah Bangla Team), Jubair Khan (25), Rafiqul Islam (27), Dewan Hamidul Islam ( 20), Moinul Haque (42), Kajibur Hussain (37), Muzibaur Rahman (50), Shahanur Aslam and Sahjahan Ali (34).
A case (No. 763/22) has been filed with the Barpeta Police Station under Article 120(b)/121/121(A) IPC, read with Article 17/18/18(B)/19/20 UA (P) Act, 1967.
The police also seized numerous electronic devices and incriminating documents from detained persons. Further investigations and operations are underway.
(With input from ANI)