Amidst Kashmir Terror Attack Jihadi threat continues to Prevail in Assam
GUWAHATI: Even as the country mourns the death of 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in the most deadly terror attack on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway in Jammu & Kashmir on 14th February when a suicide bomber, driving a car packed with explosives, rammed into a bus carrying the CRPF troops as a part of a large paramilitary convoy, the state of Assam continues to remains under Jihadi threat.
A senior IPS officer of Assam Police, talking to G Plus in condition of anonymity said, “There is a Jihadi threat in Assam as Jihadi motivators were arrested from Assam earlier; some boys of Assam have even joined terrorist outfits outside. It is a matter of concern.”
Sahanur Alom, a Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militant who was a key accused in the 2nd October 2014 bomb blast in West Bengal's Burdwan district, was arrested in December 2014 by Assam Police. But meanwhile, the arrest had raised concerns about the JMB links in Assam and its different districts.
Police had then claimed that the module had been neutralised with multiple arrests made across the state and one linked operative of the JMB had also been arrested from Guwahati.
A retired IPS officer who was closely working with the case then, talking to G Plus said, “Though the module was neutralised then, there might be a new module now in place which the security agencies need to be careful of.”
The IPS officer expressed that in the recent terror attack on the CRPF jawans in Kashmir, the terrorists motivated a local boy for such an intensified attack. Similarly, security agencies should be careful here as boys from Assam are joining Jihadi outfits outside. He also revealed that the JMB operatives have links with Pakistan-linked terrorist outfits.
The media had reported that in two separate incidents in 2015, it was discovered that JMB had been receiving financial assistance from officers at the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka. The visa attache and one Mazhar Khan were caught red-handed at a meeting with a JMB operative in April 2015, who admitted to being involved in pushing large consignments of fake Indian currency into West Bengal and Assam.
Recently, the Special Task Force of the Kolkata Police arrested a JMB operative from Kerala in connection with the 2014 Burdwan blast and the suspect - Abdul Motin - hails from Assam's Barpeta district where the JMB once had a sleeper module. He was one of the 15 people trained in handling arms and manufacturing improvised explosive devices at Simulia Madrassa in the region.
Also, in 2018, a missing young man from Assam was suspected to have joined the terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen in Jammu & Kashmir after a photo in which he was seen holding an automatic rifle surfaced. It also prompted his mother to say the government should shoot him dead.
The Assam Police had then said that it has started a probe into the matter and is trying to find out if the youth, identified as Qamer Uzzaman, had joined the terrorist organisation. The police are still investigating the matter.
As Guwahati is always a preferred target for terrorists the city police has identified the pockets where the Jihadi motivators might operate.
A senior official of Guwahati commissionerate said, “The suspected areas are under scanner.”