Kolkata: A terror outfit based in Bangladesh is using some Madrasas in Burdwan and Murshidabad districts of West Bengal to radicalise and recruit local youths, Home Ministry said in its reply to a question in the Parliament on Tuesday.
The Home Ministry, in the written reply, stated that it had received “some inputs of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh using some madrassas in Burdwan and Murshidabad for radicalisation and recruitment activities.”
MoS, Home, G Kishan Reddy, further added in his reply that ‘relevant inputs in this regard are regularly shared with the state governments and agencies concerned with the advice to take appropriate action. Government has notified Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India or Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Hindustan,’ and all its affiliates as a terrorist organisation under UAPA.
Also responding to questions about deteriorating law and order situation in West Bengal, the MoS further added that information has been received about a number of incidents of violence before, during and after the Lok Sabha elections 2019 resulting in deaths and injuries to several people, including political workers in West Bengal.
"Concern on the issue was shared by the government with the state government and an advisory was issued on June 9, 2019, asking the state government to maintain law and order, peace and public tranquillity in the state," he said.
There are intelligence inputs that Uloom Kamil Madrasa at Chapinawabgunj, Jamia Arabia Bag-e-Jannat Qawmi Madrasa near Benapole checkpost, Jamia Arabia Imadadul Uloom Madrasa at Faridabad in Bangladesh are involved in radicalizing youths in India.
Trinamool Congress Secretary General Partha Chatterjee said, “I will not be able to say anything in this matter. Also, I am not aware whether the state home department has received any such letters or not.”
Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh is said to be responsible for the 2104 Burdwan bomb blast in which two suspected terrorists were killed, and for series of bomb blasts in Gaya in 2013 in which several monks and visitors were injured. Last week, India’s top investigating agency NIA arrested a suspect, Habeebur Rehman, from Bengaluru in connection with these attacks.
A ‘Wanted’ list was also issued in 2014 which included names like Md. Habib-ur-Rahman (Central Sura Member of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh-JMB), Md. Ismail Finga (High Command of JMB), Hafej Moulana Manirul (JMB member), Md. Abu Bakkar Siddique (JMB High Command), Md. Irfan Reza (JMB secretary), Md Abdul Karim (JMB High Command), Moulana Ayeshuddin (JMB secretary), Moulana Faysal (Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami-HuJI leader), Bakhtiar Hussian (HuJI), Hassan (HuJI)
A senior IB official said, “The MHA alert mainly pointed towards private and not government aided madrasas which active in bordering areas of Bengal.”
Meanwhile, Kolkata Police Special Task Force has arrested another member of the same terror group from Murshidabad district of West Bengal a week after nabbing four neo Jammat-ul-Mujaheedin Bangladesh members from the city, a senior officer said on Tuesday.
The STF picked up Abdul Rahim, who was involved in the 2018 Bodh Gaya blast, from a bus stop at Bajepratappur on Katwa Road during a raid on Monday night.
The STF had arrested four operatives of the neo-JMB, an Islamic State affiliate, from two places in the city on June 24.
After grilling the four, officers of the STF came to know about Rahim and arrested him.
"He is a resident of Dhulian in Murshidabad district. He is a member of JMB and associated with the arrested JMB leaders like Abdul Wahab and Moulana Yousuf. He is an active member of the JMB's Dhulian Module in West Bengal," the IPS officer said.
The Dhulian Module was responsible for the January 2018 Bodh Gaya Blast, he said, adding that Rahim took part in recruitment of the said module and logistically helped them.
Rahim was absconding since the Bodh Gaya blast.