Assam Police have arrested four people for their alleged links to the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) which is linked to Al Qaeda in India (AQIS), Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Monday.
Sarma tweeted that Sadek Ali and Jakibul Ali were arrested from Tamulpur district and Habel Ali and Abu Raihan from Nalbari district.
“We are determined to root out jihadist elements in Assam,” Sarma wrote, noting that both Sadek and Jakibul were wooing youth to join the ABT.
“The arrest of Sadek Ali is a significant achievement since he has been radicalizing young people including Jakibul Ali for the past 2 years. He was also associated with JMB (Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh) and neo-JMB,” Sarma tweeted.
According to a press release issued by the Assam Police, based on specific information about their involvement in jihadi activities, Habel Ali and Abu Raihan were arrested by Nalbari police from their house on Sunday. Both were produced in court on Monday and remanded in custody for 10 days.
Also, Tampulpur police arrested Sadek Ali from Madrasa Dongar Gaon Anchalik and Jakibul Ali for allegedly inciting youth to join ABT.
Since April, the state government has arrested at least 40 people, including a Bangladeshi national, for alleged links to ABT and allegedly nurturing and creating sleeper cells of the terrorist group.
Last month, Sarma informed the assembly that 84 people have been arrested in the state since May 2016 – the first time the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was formed in the state – on charges of jihadi activities.
According to Sarma, 35 of those arrested belong to JMB, 9 belong to Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and another 40 belong to ABT.
The CM further added that 10 of the 84 arrested, including a Bangladeshi citizen Saiful Islam alias Mohammed Suman, were detained in madrasas.
“These people used to give speeches in mosques and mosques related to Jihad and in places of religious meetings where they were making people aware of their participation in Jihad and distributing Jihad literature. So far, no one has been injured or killed in Assam due to jihad activities,” Sarma said in the forum in response to a question.