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Arrest of a cleric associated with madrasa on charges of anti-national activities
Two members of Bangladeshi Al Qaeda used to teach as teachers in the madrassa
Assam government had demolished three madrasas earlier

Gwalior, Local residents of Pakhiura Char of Matia police station in Assam’s Goalpara district on Tuesday demolished a madrassa following allegations of using it for anti-national and ‘jihadi’ activities. Recently, a cleric associated with the madrasa was arrested by the Assam Police for alleged anti-national activities. According to a report in the Indian Express, this is the fourth madrassa that has been demolished in the state in the last few days. Of these four madrasas, three were demolished by the state government. The first of these, the Jamiul Huda Madrasa at Moirabari in Morigaon district, was demolished by government officials on 4 August. On August 29, the authorities demolished the Jamiul Huda Academy Madrasa in Howli in Barpeta district, while on August 31, the Markjul Ma-Arif Quariana Madrasa in Bongaigaon district was demolished.

On the incident, Goalpara Superintendent of Police V V Rakesh Reddy said the residents of the area were agitated over alleged anti-India and ‘jihadi’ activities. A cleric of this madrasa, Jalaluddin Sheikh (49), was arrested on 20 August for his role in ‘jihadi’ activities. Reddy further said that two members of the Bangladeshi Al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent and the Ansarul Bangla Team (ABT), who were introduced to the local people as ‘knowledge teachers of West Bengal’, used to teach in this madrassa.

According to the report, as soon as the local people came to know that their village and the madrasa were used for jihadi activities, resentment arose among them and they demolished the madrasa. The demolition of the madrassa, according to police officials, is a strong message given by the public that they are against anti-national elements and they do not want to indulge in such activities.

Let us tell you that these days the Assam government is taking strict action against madrassas allegedly involved in anti-national activities.

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