CHIRANG, Sept 20 - Fundamentalist forces inimical to India have so far trained at least 28 sleeper cell operatives in Assam and security agencies have launched an extensive manhunt to nab them before they could inflict any damage.
The 28 ready-to-wear uniforms of these operatives, which were recovered by the Assam Police when it managed to bust a training module in Chirang district recently, are a testimony of this fact, top Assam Police sources said, who also apprehended that the number of such sleeper cells could be more than 28.
The police team also laid hands on three objectionable videos, including a motivational one, besides videos relating to atrocities against a particular community and arms training.
These sleeper cells, according to top security forces, were being raised following the 2012 ethnic clashes. External forces, taking advantage of the clashes in 2012 and thereafter, have managed to put a number of youths from the State in a �revenge mode of operation� through indoctrination.
Director General of Assam Police Khagen Sarma, on Saturday said, �The threat from the pan-Islamic militancy is immense and bigger than any other forces. Leaders of these fundamental forces, including the Jamaat-ul-Mujaheedin (JMB), are trying to make their presence felt here too.�
On the recent busting of the training camp in Chirang, the DGP said that so far their links with any outfit could not be ascertained.
Since September 16, four members of the Muslim fundamentalist group have been arrested by the security forces from Chirang district.
A police team led by Chirang SP Ranjan Bhuyan, on Friday, had also recovered eight hand-made AK rifles and two hand-made INSAS rifles, which were used to train the youths in the camp.
The arrested are Minarul Islam (20), Johral Haque (25), Badiur Zamal Sheikh (25) and Md Sayed Mia. While Islam, Haque and Sayed Mia are from Chirang district, Zamal Sheikh hails from Bongaigaon.
As many as nine youths, undergoing training in the camp located in Daukhanagar in Chirang, were mostly from Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Baksa, Nalbari and Kokrajhar.
However, the core trainer of the group, Mohfiz, and the main organiser of the training camp, Ashiq alias Bura Bhai, are still at large.