Updated: April 18, 2016 2:30:22 am
The Assam Police on Saturday night arrested four persons from different locations in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts, all said to be jihadis who were allegedly part of a module that had set up a training camp in Chirang that was busted by the police in September 2015.
“While a training camp of the jihadi module was busted and four persons were arrested in September 2015 in village Daukhanagar, we managed to apprehend four more on Saturday night in a series of raids that we jointly conducted with Kokrajhar Police,” Chirang superintendent of police Shankar Brata Rai Medhi told The Indian Express on Sunday.
The four persons, identified as Abu Bakkar Siddique, Jahanur Alam Sheikh, Samal Ali Mandal and Azizul Haque, were arrested during multiple raids conducted by the police in Tulsibil, Muwamari, Bhawraguri and Jaypur in Kokajhar and Dawkhanagar in Chirang, the SP said. The police also recovered one HE grenade, one revolver, seven rounds of M20 ammunition, two army camouflage dresses and five mobile phones. The arms and ammunition were found hidden in a pit behind a house in Dawkhanagar.
Meanwhile, Bodoland IGP LR Bishnoi said that with the four arrests made on Saturday night, the total number of alleged jihadis arrested in connection with the JMB module in Assam has risen to 22.
“We have a list of 28 persons involved with this module and its training centre. of them, only six are now left to be traced and arrested,’ Bishnoi said. he also said that those running the training centre were regularly visiting different districts including Barpeta and Darrang to recruit Muslims youths for jihadi training.
The police had during the September 2015 operations arrested four persons, one of whom led them to a pit behind a house in village Daukhanagar from where eight crude handmade AK-47 rifles and two Insas rifles recovered.
Police in Guwahati had last year suspected that some Islamic terror groups had started recruiting Muslim boys in the Bodoland districts of Chirang, Kokrajhar and Baksa with an intention of triggering off fresh violence during the run-up to the 2016 state assembly elections.
While the election had passed off peacefully, security continues to be on the alert in view of intelligence reports that recruitments by jihadi groups were still going on in these districts. The three Bodoland districts had witnessed major clashes between Muslim migrants and indigenous Bodo tribals in 2012 and immediately after the 2014 Lok Sabha, leading to over 100 deaths.
In December 2014 the Assam Police had arrested one Sahanur Alom, an important Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operative from a village near Sarthebari in Barpeta district, not very far from where the training camp was busted in Dawkhanagar last year.
Alom, one of the prime accused in the Burdwan (West Bengal) blast, was a key person who had allegedly engaged in propagating jihadi ideology and carrying out recruitments in different districts in Assam.
Meanwhile, congratulating the police personnel for the successful operation, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday said he was optimistic that the police would be able to make a major breakthrough in to unearthing the modus operandi of jihadi activities in the state and beyond.
“We have to step up our efforts in unearthing the modus operandi of jihadi elements in the State. Our main aim is that those who indulged in anti-national activities, jihadi activities or terrorist activities, they should be brought to book, they should be punished. We are vigilant,” Gogoi in a statement said.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines