Several jihadist terrorist modules active in Assam; Cops scramble to combat activity: Assam CM

Assam Chief Minister – Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed on Sunday that many jihadist terrorist modules are still operating in the northeastern state and cops are working around the clock to dismantle these insurgent groups.

Speaking to reporters in Diphu, Karbi Anglong district, Assam, Sarma informed that state police had recently arrested five members of al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent in connection with a major crackdown on terrorist activities.

“Based on secret information, we have organized a special wing to combat jihadist operations in Assam, and the state police have caught a large terrorist module. We need to exert much more effort. Several terrorist modules are operational in Assam, according to our intelligence, and we are developing our sources. I would like to emphasize that what the Assam police have done to fight the jihadist terrorist cell is a significant achievement,” Himanta Biswa Sarma remarked.

The Chief Minister went on to say that the information revealed during the interrogation of the captured jihadists indicates that Assam will face a serious threat in the near future.

It should be noted that 5 people were recently detained in the Barpeta district of Assam, including a Bangladeshi national, for alleged links with a Bangladesh-based terrorist group, which was affiliated with a militant group – Al-Qaeda.

Identified as Md Suman alias Saiful Islam alias Haroon Rashid Dhakaliapara – a resident of Atadi village under Araihazar police station in Narayanganj district of Bangladesh, Khairul Islam of Balapathar village under Kalgachia police station in the Barpeta district in Assam, Badshah Suleiman Khan and Noushad Ali from Kharbali village under Kalgachia police station in Barpeta district and Taimur Rahman Khan from Dhakaliapara village under Howly police station in Barpeta district.

According to Director General of Police (DGP)- Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, Md Suman alias Saiful Islam, a Bangladeshi national, indoctrinated four others to establish Barpeta as a base for AQIS jihadist activities. However, various documents and electronic devices were recovered from their possession.

Sara H. Byrd