Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday exposed jihadi activities in Assam. Addressing a press conference in Guwahati, Sarma elaborated on how Muslim fundamentalist organizations from Bangladesh have entered Assam under the guise of religious teachers.
Giving a historical perspective, the CM said that the presence of religious fundamentalists in Assam was found long back in 1999. Members of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HUM) were apprehended that year and later modules of the Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islam (HUGI). ) was busted in 2003-04.
Subsequently, the Assam Police effectively busted the module of Jamatul Mujahideen during 2011-2016, following which the activities of Hizbul Mujahideen were detected during 2018- 2019. Sarma further said, since 2020, Ansarul Bangla Team (ABT) is active with Al Qaeda Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). in the state. Assam Police has busted five modules of ABT in five months from three districts of Assam this year.
Explaining the modus operandi of ABT, the CM said that the leaders who entered Assam illegally from Bangladesh try to inspire gullible youth, including children. He said that his job is to educate as many people as possible after which AQIS uses these people to do sabotage work. Distinguishing gun and bomb training and terrorist activities carried out by other extremist groups in Assam, Sarma said sedition is far more dangerous and penetrating as brainwashed people can go to any extent, including becoming human bombs.
He went on to elaborate that they do not detonate propaganda bombs like other extreme groups. He also clarified the fact that the Bangladesh government had banned ABT on its soil.
Meanwhile, a madrasa in Assam’s Morigaon district was also bulldozed on the same day. The CM said that an arrested person who has a doctorate in Arabic literature was carrying out jihadi activities by opening that madrasa for the last four years. He was also working as an imam in a local mosque.
Incriminating literature was reportedly found from him. Sarma also said that secret information led to the busting of modules that essentially came from members of the Muslim community and that 99.9 per cent of Assam’s Muslims are peace loving and in no way associated with such activities. He appealed to the Muslim community not to welcome outside imams in local mosques and to monitor what is being taught in private madrassas.
Incidentally, the Assam government has banned all government madrassas and converted them into regular schools. On the role of Popular Front Off India (PFI), CM said, “No direct role was found, but they create an ecology in the hands of the government by projecting Muslims as victims of discrimination, while members of the Muslim community have got the benefits of government schemes. other communities.”
On the other hand, Naseem Ahmed, former general secretary of the All Assam Madrasa Student Union, opposed the dusting of madrassas on the charge of mere suspicious activities. Speaking to News18, he said, “Like government-run madrasas, the government is creating an environment to shut down private madrassas too”.
Gauhati High Court lawyer Juniyad Khalid said, “Muslim organizations with the help of the government are ready to start radicalization programs in remote Muslim populated areas.” Former Assam DGP Dilip Bora said that it is the collective responsibility of Hindus and Muslims to stop Muslim people from being radicalised.
BJP spokesperson Lakhya Konwar said it is through such orthodox religious teachings that children are prevented from exploring their lives in adolescence; And this kind of prohibition explodes into other forms. He further said that Muslim children have every right to get modern education.