Assam: 2 Imams arrested for direct hyperlinks with Al Qaeda and Ansarullah Bangla Workforce
Persevering with the crackdown on Jihadi terrorists working from mosques and madrasas in Assam, two extra imams have been arrested by police for hyperlinks with Islamic terror teams. The 2 Imams have been arrested by the Goalpara Police in Assam as a part of a broad anti-terror operation in opposition to the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) and the Islamic terrorist group Al Qaeda Indian Subcontinent. After being questioned by police for a lot of hours, Jalaluddin Sheikh (49), the imam of Tilapara Natun Masjid, and Abdus Subhan (43), the imam of Tinkunia Shantipur Masjid, Mornoi, have been each taken into police custody.
When the 2 Imams’ residences have been searched, authorities mentioned they discovered a major amount of proof associated to Al Qaeda Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), in addition to Jihadi literature, posters, books, and different supplies together with cellphones, SIM playing cards, and ID playing cards. The 2 individuals who have been arrested have been involved commonly with the Ansarullah Bangla Workforce (ABT) models in Barpeta and Morigaon. ABT serves as a conduit for Al Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent.
Two suspected terrorists linked with Al-Qaeda Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Ansarullah Bangla Workforce (ABT) have been arrested by police in Goalpara district final night time: Assam Police pic.twitter.com/Zzrqey91k2
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In accordance with Sections 120(B)/121/121(A) of the IPC and RW Sections 18/18 (B)/19/20 UA(P) Act, a case has been filed on the Matia Police Station, and an investigation has now commenced.
The suspects organised a Dharma Sabha in December 2019 on the Sundarpur Tilapara Madrassa, Matia PS, the place quite a few Bangladeshi nationals with AQIS ties have been invited as visitor audio system, the pair revealed throughout interrogation.
Moreover, they have been energetic in providing logistical assist and internet hosting quite a few fugitive Bangladeshi nationals. The 2 additionally acknowledged recruiting Ansars/Sleeper Cells and being AQIS members. In addition they developed robust connections with the AQIS/Ansarullah Bangla Workforce (ABT) modules in Barpeta and Morigaon districts.
Addressing a press convention final night time, Goalpara SP VK Rakesh Reddy said that each of the accused are straight linked to ABT, and Abdus Subhan has been related to it since 2018. He additionally mentioned that the 2 imams have been in common contact with others who’ve been arrested from Barpeta and Marigaon districts for jihadi hyperlinks. The police officer mentioned that Sheikh and Subhan have been working for recruiting youths within the space for jihad.
In keeping with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, 5 modules of the terrorist group Ansarullah Bangla Workforce (ABT) have been disbanded within the earlier 5 months with the help of different investigating companies.
The CM mentioned that as a result of police busting a number of Islamist modules composed of Bangladeshi immigrants, jihadi actions in Assam had turn into a severe fear. Police in different states have additionally disbanded quite a few jihadi and terror modules.
In keeping with the chief minister, ABT members work together with each other utilizing extremely developed chat purposes that make use of peer-to-peer encryption, making it exceedingly difficult to watch their on-line exercise. Peer-to-peer encryption, based on Assam CM, is extra superior than end-to-end encryption, and Al Qaeda additionally makes use of such purposes. They virtually at all times uninstall the chat purposes after utilizing them and by no means make telephone requires ABT-related conversions.