Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma has said that if the government gets information about madrassas being used for anti-India activities, they will be demolished. The Chief Minister’s statement came in the context of three madrassas being bulldozed within a month for alleged links to terrorism. A madrasa was demolished yesterday in Bongaigaon, Assam.
“We don’t want madrassas to be destroyed. The only aim is to prevent them from being used by jihadists. If the government gets information that anti-India activities are going on under the guise of madrassas, we will destroy them’ – said the Chief Minister.
After the arrest of five people for their links with the Bangladesh-based terrorist organization alleged to be linked to Al-Qaeda, the action started targeting religious institutions in Assam.
A madrassa was demolished on Monday in Barpeta district. Two brothers named Akbar Ali and Abul Kalam Azad were arrested on Saturday for their Al-Qaeda links. It is alleged that they have worked at the center of this Madrasah. On August 4, another madrassa in Morigaon district was also demolished.