Reacting over the state government’s action, AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal had said that the state government is targeting a particular community by bulldozing madrasas in the state.
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state government will raze madrassa if used for anti-India activities. The Assam Chief Minister made the statement in this regard after report of demolition of a madrassa in Bongaigaon over links to the terrorist organisation al-Qaeda. The state authorities had on Wednesday carried out demolition action for running ‘jihadi’ activities. The institution was reportedly demolished for violating building norms.
The state CM said that if inputs were received that any such institution is being used for anti-India activities that will be razed. Sarma had said that they do not have intention to raze any madrasa. The government’s intention is to check that they’re not used by jihadi elements. “We will take demolition action if we get inputs that the institution is being used under the guise of madrassa for anti-India activities,” Sarma said.
Earlier on Wednesday, the authorities had razed a madrassa in Bongaigaon over links to al-Qaeda. The law enforcement agencies had arrested five persons for having links with the terrorist organisation. Police officials from Bongaigaon said after recovery of incriminating documents related to ‘jihadi’ elements from its canteen during an operation by the Goalpara police on Tuesday night.
Earlier this week, the authorities had earlier taken a similar action when a madrassa in Barpeta district, which had allegedly sheltered two Bangladeshi operatives of Ansarul Bangla Team for four years, was demolished.
Reacting over the state government’s action, AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal had said that the state government is targeting a particular community by bulldozing madrasas in the state. He also said to approach the Supreme Court, if needed.
In August this year, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said religious teachers, who come from outside, to the mosques and madrasas will have to register themselves on a portal of the state government. The Assam CM’s announcement came a couple of days after the arrest of two clerics who were reportedly involved in terror activities.