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Assam Police find threatening letter from ‘Jehadi Club’ at Barpeta Temple

Edited by: Pathikrit Sen Gupta

Last updated: January 25, 2023, 3:46 AM IST

Guwahati [Gauhati]India

Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned in August 2022 that Assam had turned into a 'hotbed of jihadist activity'.  (File photo: ANI)

Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned in August 2022 that Assam had turned into a ‘hotbed of jihadist activity’. (File photo: ANI)

Among other things, the letter challenges Prime Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to carry out clearance in the forest area of ​​the Bandali Reserve

A pair of handwritten pamphlets found in a Hindu temple in Barpeta, Assam have raised renewed concerns about the presence of radical Islamic elements in the region. While the pages bear no optical resemblance to an actual organization’s letterhead, they claim to be from a “Jehadi Club” operating out of the Bandali Reserve Forest area.

“We come for an investigation, people don’t have to be afraid. Some miscreants did this misdeed to create a panic situation in the society. Our investigation continues. We have been dealing with this issue since the morning and we reassure everyone not to be afraid,” said Bidyut B Bhuyan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Barpeta, Assam.

“We got the news in the morning that in Bunagohain Than of Bohori Satra some miscreants claiming to be jihadists have taken notes and left them in the temple. In the letter, they challenged the chief minister to carry out evictions in the Bandali Reserve Forest and also challenged him to eat a certain meat. We believe that the Bandali forest is home to Jehadi elements and we urge the government to take prompt action. We have handed over the documents to the police and urged them to launch a judicial investigation into the incident,” said a local person from Bohori Satra.

Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned in August 2022 that Assam has turned into a “hotbed of jihadist activity”, with five modules associated with the Bangladesh-based outlawed outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) – an al-Qaeda affiliate in the Indian subcontinent (AQIS) – captured in five months.

At a press conference, Sarma noted that six Bangladeshi nationals belonging to the group had entered Assam to indoctrinate youths, and one of them was detained when the first group was captured in Barpeta in August 2022.

Assam police had rounded up sleeper cells in Barpeta, Bongaigaon and Morigaon and recovered incriminating jihadist literature. So far, 29 ABT leaders/executives have been arrested.

“I am not aware of the incident… the police will investigate,” Himanta Biswa Sarma informed when asked about the Barpeta issue in Guwahati.

Director General of Assam Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta responded to the incident claiming that it was an act of miscreants and that they are seeking such opportunities ahead of occasions such as Republic Day celebrations.

“We have taken note of it and will take action accordingly,” he added.

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