Assam to capture details of non-local ‘imams’ coming into state: CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

Image Source : HIMANTA BISWA SARMA (TWITTER). Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma speaking during an event.

Highlights

  • The police verification of non-local ‘imams’ to be a must in Assam: CM Himanta Sarma
  • CM Sarma reiterated that Islamic teachers coming into the state will be closely monitored
  • Assam currently doesn’t have any govt-run Madrassas as they have been converted into regular schools

Assam news: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday (August 22) reiterated that Islamic teachers coming into the state will be closely monitored and the state is developing a portal where their details will be captured.

“We have laid down standard operating procedures. Locals must inform police if any religious teacher (Imam) coming outside of the state and are not known to them,” Sarma told reporters.

“Police will verify the person and then he can carry out his religious teaching in the Madrassas,” he said, adding that Muslims of Assam have been cooperating with the government in this process.

Assam currently doesn’t have any government-run Madrassas as they have been converted into regular schools. However, individual or privately-run Madrassas continue to exist.

There were reports that some militants disguised as religious teachers sneaked into the state and silently go ahead with their subversive and anti-social activities.

On August 7, the Assam police arrested a woman identified as Jahura Khatun in connection with Al-Qaeda Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) from the Bilasipara area in Dhubri district and recovered two mobile phones in her possession.

Recently, Chief Minister Sarma said in a press conference that, six Bangladeshi nationals who are members of AQIS/ABT, entered Assam in 2016-17 and Assam police had arrested one among them and five are still absconding.

On Saturday (August 20), two suspected terrorists linked with the Al-Qaeda Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) terror groups were arrested by the Assam police in the state’s Goalpara district.

Assam police have so far arrested over 30 persons including a Bangladeshi national and busted five modules of AQIS/ABT in the state since March this year.

(With ANI inputs)

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