Al Qaida in Assam: Private religious Madrassas under scanner; Two found running Jihad module

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Assam government has already shut down all state-run Madrassas and converted into regular schools.
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Guwahati: Privately run madrassas in the state came under scanner after Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), Bangladesh chapter of Al Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has been found to be funding at least two madrassas in the state for running a terror module.

The shocking revelation came to fore, after Morigaon police on Thursday arrested one Mufti Mustafa who was running a madrassa named Jamiul Huda Madrassa at Sahariagaon, Moirabari in Morigaon district for having links with ABT.

Preliminary investigation found that Mustafa was an important financial conduit of the recently busted ABT module in the state.

Assam police sources said that he has several financial transactions linked with arrested AIB members and leaders over the past several years.

“Mustafa is also associated with the Saruchala-AI-Jamiatush Shalihat Madrassatul Bannat Saruchala of Moirabari area. It is believed that both the places have been used for carrying out activities for the purpose of the ABT module.

An investigation found that the activities of the madrassa were being funded through the proceeds from unlawful activities.

Police said Mustafa has been providing active support to the terrorist organization through raising and distributing finances. There was a reasonable cause to suspect that the money raised by the accused person was being used for the purposes of terrorism, sources added.

It was suspected that he had provided shelter and harboured/concealed the absconding members of the ABT module in India.

“The person has been constantly dealing with funds for ABT and acting as a conduit. He has been taking part in assisting and inciting the activities of ABT and has been actively raising funds for carrying out the unlawful activities of ABT. The person is believed to be an active member of the ABT in India,” police added.

In the last 24 hours, at least eight persons have been arrested by Barpeta police for their alleged links with AQIS/ABT.

Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Since Jehadi activities are found to be going on in a private Madrassa, it’s a matter of concern. However, it will be unfair to comment on private Madrassas in general before making proper assessment.”

Assam government has already shut down all state-run Madrassas and converted into regular schools.

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