“Five Bangladeshi Jihadis are at large in State”: Assam CM seeks people’s support

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He also gave credit to the local Muslim communities of the state without whom the recent busting of ABT modules would have been difficult
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Guwahati: At least five ‘unknown’ modules of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Indian subcontinent (AQIS), have been in large and giving sleepless nights to the state police.

The investigation following the state police have busted five modules of ABT in the recent five months unearthed that five more Bangladeshi people who were a part of the ABT network were still at large and possibly active in Assam.

On Thursday, addressing the media, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that unless these five persons were nabbed, the state police have been on a constant manhunt. Some 29 ABT leaders/cadres have been arrested so far in the state.

“There were six Bangladeshi nationals reportedly running the ABT network mainly. Out of which state police have nabbed one and busted these other modules set up by these ABT network. Five Bangladeshi nationals are still at large and we still don’t know where and how they are operating yet. It’s matter of grave concern and I urge the Muslim community of the state to support the police in nabbing them,” the chief minister said.

He also gave credit to the local Muslim communities of the state without whom the recent busting of ABT modules would have been difficult. “In majority of the cases, people from Muslim community only who have provided the lead to the police,” he said.

Sarma sharing his concern on the development said that the north eastern state was becoming a hotbed for Islamic fundamentalists after police found links of 11 people arrested last week, including one who was running a Madrasa, which acted as one of the prime hub for ABT.

“…It has been proved beyond reasonable doubt that Assam is becoming a hotbed for Islamic fundamentalists. When you bust 5 modules and the whereabouts of the other 5 Bangladeshi nationals are still not known, then you can imagine the gravity,” Sarma told media.

It’s suspected that the six ABT members have entered Assam in 2017-18 and have been operating since then.

Sarma informed that they were using highly encrypted chat links to communicate with each other. “They have been found to be using some mobile applications which we never heard of or known to,” he added.

On Thursday, a madrasa in Moirabari area of Morigaon district run by Mustafa alias Mufti Mustafa, recently arrested for his links with Bangladesh-based terror outfit and Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent, was demolished. Sarma said that the madrasa was demolished under Disaster Management Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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