Guwahati, Aug 04: Assam has become a hotbed of “jihadi activities” with five modules having links with Bangladesh-based terror outfit Ansarul Islam found in five months, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Thursday.
“Six Bangladeshi nationals belonging to Ansarul Islam had entered Assam to indoctrinate youths, and one of them was arrested when the first module was found at Barpeta in March this year,” Sarma said at a press conference.
Addressed a press conference at Janata Bhawan to brief media on the 5 jihadi modules of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Indian subcontinent (AQIS), busted by @assampolice during the past 5 months.
29 ABT leaders/cadres have been arrested so far. pic.twitter.com/QesEvhGvrI
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) August 4, 2022
“Indoctrination of Muslim youths in private madrasas by Imams from outside the state is alarming,” he added.
“Jihadi activity is very different from terrorist or insurgency activities. It starts with indoctrination for several years, followed by active participation in promoting Islamic fundamentalism, and finally going for subversive activities,” the Chief Minister said.
The Bangladeshi nationals, “who entered the state illegally” in 2016-17, operated several camps during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Only one of these Bangladeshis has been arrested so far, and I appeal to the people to inform the local police in case anybody from outside the state becomes a teacher or an Imam in a madrasa,” he said.