- "The terrorists that were caught had provided sanctuary to the terrorists from Bangladesh in Goalpara, and the Bangladeshi nationals are currently at large.
- Assam police officer, the defendants also provided logistical support to the Jihadi militants who arrived from Bangladesh.
The Assam police detained two alleged terrorists in the Goalpara district on Saturday. They are thought to have ties to the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) and Al-Qaeda Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) terror organisations.
After being interrogated by the police for several hours, the two people who were arrested have been identified as Abdus Subhan, the imam of Tinkunia Shantipur Mosque under Mornoi police station, and Jalaluddin Sheikh, the imam of Tilapara Natun Mosque under Matia police station in Goalpara.
Both of the aforementioned individuals were apprehended after being interrogated for hours, V.V. Rakesh Reddy, the Goalpara district’s SP.
“Abbas Ali, who was just imprisoned and is also connected to Jihadi elements, provided information to us in July of this year. They have direct connections to the Barpeta and Morigaon modules of the AQIS/ABT in Assam, which we discovered during the interrogation “said the SP.
“A number of incriminating materials relating to Al-Qaeda, Jihadi elements, posters, books, among other documents, as well as the mobile phones, SIM cards, and ID cards, were recovered during the house searches of the accused suspects,” he continued.
Assam police officer, the defendants also provided logistical support to the Jihadi militants who arrived from Bangladesh.
“The terrorists that were caught had provided sanctuary to the terrorists from Bangladesh in Goalpara, and the Bangladeshi nationals are currently at large. In December 2019 at Sundarpur Tilapara Madrassa under the Matia police station, the accused individuals hosted a Dharma Sabha and invited numerous Bangladeshi nationals with connections to AQIS to speak as guests “a police officer stated.
He also said that the people who were detained were involved in providing logistical support and housing for the Bangladeshi nationals who are currently at large. SP V.V. Rakesh Reddy continued, “They admitted to being AQIS members, recruited Ansars/Sleeper Cells in Goalpara, and revealed direct financing and supports have come from the fugitive Bangladeshi terrorists.”
Under sections 120(B), 121, and 121(A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) RW and sections 18, 18(B), 19, and 20 of the UA(P) Act, a new case has been opened at the Matia police station.