With the Assam Police widening its net to apprehend persons having links to jihadi groups including the Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, a group of leading Muslim citizens of Assam today urged the government to carry out speedy but unbiased investigations into such activities in the state. It also asked the government to mete out stringent punishment to those found guilty.
“The Muslims of Assam do not support any kind of terrorist activity and strongly condemns any kind of terrorist activity carried out in the name of jihad,” a resolution adopted in a meeting of leading Muslim citizens of the state said here today. The group also called upon all right-thinking Muslims and such organizations to intensify public opinion against such anti-national and terrorist activities.
Presided over by veteran journalist Haider Hussain, the meeting also asked the government to take care so that the entire Muslim community was harassed due to suspicion as an outcome of anti-national activities carried out by a handful of persons who have gone astray. “The Muslim community should also remain alert against elements that might drag members of the community into anti-national and criminal activities by taking advantage of their socio-economic backwardness,” the group in an appeal issued here today said.
Interestingly, even as the Assam Police have arrested six Muslim persons from Barpeta district on October 10 for their alleged links with JMB, a section of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) leaders have said that those arrested should not be labeled as terrorists until proven guilty in a court of law. They has also alleged that the Congress government in the state had hatched a conspiracy to brand Muslims as jihadis.