Assam authorities demolish another madrassa ‘linked to terrorism’
A madrassa in Assam’s Bongaigaon district was demolished by authorities on Wednesday for allegedly carrying out “jihadist” activities, authorities said. A madrassa teacher was arrested last week for his alleged links to terrorist groups – Al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent and the Ansarul Bangla team.
A dozen excavators were deployed to demolish the two-storey building of Kabaitari Ma Arif Madrasah in the district’s Jogighopa area.
This is the third action of this type this week. A madrassa in Barpeta district, which would have housed two Bangladeshi members of the Ansarul Bangla team for four years, was demolished on Monday. One of the suspected Bangladeshi terrorists, the headmaster, a teacher and another person associated with the madrassa were also arrested by Barpeta police.
Speaking exclusively to CNN-NEWS18, Superintendent of Police (SP), Bongaigaon, Swapnaneel Deka said, “We found incriminating documents during the search of the madrasa. A logo suspected of being that of AQIS, leaflets containing jihadist literature were found. This is in relation to the Goalpara module dismantled by the Goalpara police recently, where the accused jihadist Hafizur was arrested. Hafizur worked as a teacher in this madrassa.
Regarding the reason for the demolition, the police officer said that the madrassa was built in violation of government standards and the necessary permits for the construction were also not sought.
“It was demolished under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act,” he added.
CNN-News18 also spoke with Goalpara SP Rakesh Reddy.
He said in a statement: “Last night a search was conducted (u/s 27 Evidence Act), led by the arrested accused Hafijur Rahman Mufti, at his campus store in Markazul Muriff Quriana Madrasa, Jogighopa PS, Bongaigaon in relation to Matia PS Case n°: 105/22 and the following elements were duly seized: 1) An ABT leaflet in the Bengali language 2) A logo suspected of being AQIS.
More than 200 students who were studying at this statewide residential madrassa were asked to vacate the premises Tuesday evening. Residents said authorities should have been concerned about the safety of children at school.
“We understand that Hafizur might have a terrorist connection. But why are you destroying the madrasa? There are children studying there. It’s very wrong that suddenly in the middle of the night you ask them to leave without caring that most of their relatives are very far from Bongaigaon,” a resident said.
AIUDF leader Badruddin Ajmal has also raised concerns, saying madrassas are being targeted for political reasons.
“We’re going to go to the Supreme Court for this,” he said.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had recently said the state was becoming a “hotbed of jihadist activity” with around five modules with links to al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent and the Ansarul Bangla team dismantled over the past few years. last months.
More than 40 people suspected of having links to “jihadist” activities, including Bangladeshis, have been arrested in the state since March this year.
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