Assam Police held 5 AQIS operatives
The Assam police have arrested five people, including a Bangladeshi national, in western Assam for their suspected links with a Jihadi group based in the adjoining country and this group is believed to be affiliated to the Al-Qaeda in Indian Sub-continent (AQIS), Director General of police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said on Saturday.
The Assam police chief said that based on an intelligence report Barpeta Police apprehended five people on Friday night from Howly, Barpeta, and Kalgachia police stations areas for their links with Jihadi outfits based out of Bangladesh having affiliation to AQIS.
They have been identified as Saiful is a resident of Araihazar village in Narayanganj district in Bangladesh. Khairul Islam, 27 of Balapathar village in Kalgachia, Badshah Suleiman Khan, 28, Naushad Ali, both hailing from Kharbali village in Kalgachia and Taimur Rajman Khan, a resident of Dhakaliapara village in Howly.
The police chief said that their personal digital accessories including mobile phones have been seized for further investigation and unearthed digital evidence about their activities so far and plans in the state. “They were planning to indoctrinate more persons to expand the network,” he added.
He further said that during the preliminary inquiry, it has been found that Saiful Islam alias Harun Rashid alias Mohammad Suman, who is a Bangladesh citizen, illegally entered India and was working as a teacher of Dhakaliapara Masjid.
The police said that Saiful Islam had successfully indoctrinated and motivated four others to join the module of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) with a view to develop Barpeta district as a base for Jihadi work and unlawful activities of Al-Qaida and its associated organizations.
Incriminating documents and electronic devices were recovered from their possession.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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