NEO-JMB REBEL ARRESTED; ULFA CADRE KILLED IN SHOOTOUT:
STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI:
Bangladesh Islamic Radicalism on the Rise in Assam: The State police chief has dropped a broad hint that a section of radical elements from Bangladesh is active to derail peace in Assam.
Talking to the media here on Thursday, State DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said that some maulvis from Bangladesh do enter Assam with visas, violate visa conditions, and engage themselves in radical activities.
"Several such maulvi's from Bangladesh have been arrested. Their activities are under our radar. We appeal to the respected Muslim community and their leaders to come forward and assist us in identifying the other members of the radical modules. We also appeal to them to help us bring to mainstream all such radicalised elements in other parts of the State and the country," DGP said.
ADGP (SB) Hiren Nath said, "In a joint operation with the Special Branch, Assam Police and a Central agency, Dhubri police apprehended two Neo-JMB cadres from the Larkura area under Gauripur police station. One of the cadres was apprehended with 4 firearms and Rs 1.02 lakh fake Indian currency notes. One apprehended cadre is an ex-MULTA with a history of involvement in various extortion-related cases in the Dhubri district.
"Based on the information provided by the Special Branch, one person named Mozibar Rahman alias Gunbar Ali was apprehended in the intervening night of April 21 and 22, 2021. Four country-made pistols, fake notes and suspected gold sheets were recovered from his possession. "During initial interrogation, Mozibar Rahman revealed that he has an association with proscribed organisations such as MULTA and JMB/Neo-JMB. He also mentioned that his younger brother, Faizar Ali, who had been arrested earlier, was an ex-member of the MULTA. As per the accused, his brother is an active member of JMB/Neo-JMB.
"Investigation has also unearthed an evident nexus between local Jihadi cadres and members across the border are trying relentlessly to derail the peace and economic progress of the region through their Jihadi propaganda as well as fake Indian currency."
Earlier the DGP said that a self-styled ULFA colonel Dipen Saud alias Ramen Nath alias Jishnu Asom (52) hailing from Sarbhog was killed in an encounter with the police in Bongaigaon on Thursday. Dipen Soud did replace Drishti Rajkhowa as ULFA(I) commander, western command. His gunman Padum Rai is apprehended alive with a weapon. Another weapon and a grenade have also been recovered."
On the abduction of three ONGC employees from Lakwa, the DGP said, "Search is going on for the rescue of Ritul Saikia. The abductors are staying along the Nagaland-Myanmar border. The Assam Police is in touch with the Nagaland Police and the Assam Rifles. The Kanyak Union of Nagaland has warned the ULFA-I rebels not to take shelter in the area.
"By abducting Assamese people the ULFA-I hasn't done anything heroic."