In a massive operation against jihadi, Assam police have busted as many as three jihadi modules in the state, all of which are connected to Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent’s (AQIS) Bangladesh chapter Ansar al Islam (Ansarullah Bangla Team), in last several weeks.
According to reports, these modules were engaged in indoctrinating local youths to set up bases of Al-Qaida in its various forms in India.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma in a tweet said, “In a long-drawn Operation @assampolice has cracked down on several modules of Ansarul Bangla Team /Al-Qaida Indian Subcontinent in Assam. It’s a huge intelligence success and a true example of courage and dedication of Assam Police. Total Arrests so far- 16.”
The modules were busted after the arrest of a Bangladeshi national and a key leader of Ansar al Islam at Barpeta and and four Indian nationals in Barpeta last month by police.
Assam Police additional DG (special branch) Hiren Nath said the arrested Ansar al Islam leader, Saiful Islam, had stayed at Darul Uloom Deoband before entering Assam. “He entered West Bengal first from Bangladesh from where he went to Deoband. He did not enroll himself there but he has in a close association with some students there.” Nath said from Deoband, that Saiful came to Assam and stayed in the Barpeta district. “He introduced himself as an orphan and got the sympathy of people. He also got married there.”
The NIA, which has taken over the case in its FIR, has stated that the active module of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) in Barpeta district of Assam was being led by Saiful Islam @ Haroon Rashid @ Md. Suman Slo- Nurul Islam, is a resident of Atadi village under Araihazar police station of Bangladesh’s Narayanganj district.
The NIA stated that Saiful was engaged as an Arabic teacher at Dhakaliapara Masjid in Barpeta and “is active in motivating impressionable youth/men to join jihadi outfits and work in modules “Ansars” (sleeper cells) for creating a base for al-Qaida and its manifestations in various forms and styles in India which is a proscribed terrorist organisation.”
Nath said, “We have busted three jihadi modules and all of them have a common link with AQIS. Jihadi elements have a plan in the northeast, particularly in Assam. In the past, we arrested members of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh”.