The Assam government on Saturday informed the Assembly that a total of 53 alleged ‘jihadis’, one of whom is a Bangladeshi, have been arrested in the state so far.
State Chief Minister Himanta Bishwa Sharma told the assembly that five other ‘Jihadis’ living in Bangladesh are still absconding.
The home department of the state is with the chief minister. Sharma was replying to an unstarred question of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Teras Gowala in the House.
He said that nine cases of alleged extremism activities have been registered in the state since March 2022. The cases were registered in Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Morigaon, Dhubri, Goalpara, Tamulpur and Nalbari districts, which are hotbeds of extremist forces, he said.
One of these cases is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency, in which the investigating agency has filed a charge sheet before the court.
Sarma reiterated that so far 53 alleged ‘jihadis’ have been arrested in the state.
He said that the apprehended Bangladeshi national was working as an Imam (religious teacher) and madrasa teacher in Barpeta.
The Chief Minister said that five other Bangladeshis are still absconding, accused of making Muslim youths ‘Jihadi’ by preaching in different madrassas.