Guwahati: Islamic fundamentalist groups have been trying to make an inroad in Assam for a long time, said state police sources. At least 16 members of Ansar al Islam, Bangladesh chapter of Al Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) were arrested in the state within last two months for allegedly carrying out jihadi activities in Assam.
As per the state police, at least three such modules were busted in the state recently which were trying to spread tentacles in the state.
Assam Police additional DGP (special branch) Hiren Chandra Nath, said, “While one Harul Rashid came from Bangladesh two years back and was trying to indoctrinate locals youths in Barpeta, in the second module, police nabbed a few from Tripura and others arrested in the cases were from the state.”
The investigation has been currently trying to unearth the funding process of these Jihadi modules in the state. “We have found seven bank passbooks from one of the module’s garage. Experts are on the job now,” he added.
Assam police sources added that out of the total 16 arrests, at least nine were key members of the group who were trying to set a base of the outfit in the region and were indoctrinating youths into the outfit.
“These modules work very slowly. They first try to reach out to people as social worker, religious preachers and then indoctrinate them into the Jihadi ideology. However, in Assam they could not succeed much as the society in general are not accepting it and alerting police about such activities,” Nath said.