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JMB activities in State in nascent stage

By R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, Nov 12 � The activities of the Jamaat-ul-Mujaheedin, Bangladesh (JMB) in Assam are in nascent stage and fortunately for the State, the activities of the outfit came to light before the modules managed to establish strong bases in the State. Meanwhile, the police and security forces are �close on the heels� of Sahanur Alam, the head of the Assam module of the JMB.

Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that the accidental blast in Burdwan in West Bengal came as a blessing for Assam and investigation into the case led to unearthing of the JMB�s links in the State. The Assam Police has already arrested Sujina Begum, wife of Sahanur when she was trying to escape from the State and all-out efforts are now on to nab the main man of the JMB in Assam.

Sources said that Sujina, herself a trained cadre of the JMB, received training in a Madrassa in West Bengal. During questioning by the security forces, Sujina admitted that during the initial days of the training, they were trained to read the holy Quran in Arabic and then they were told about the much talked about Pan Islamic country theory. She was also trained to rope in others, particularly women, into the fold of the Jihadi outfits for translation of the Pan Islamic theory into reality.

However, Sujina did not get much time to rope in people in the State to the fold of the JMB and managed to persuade only a handful of people to go for training in West Bengal. Some of those who questioned Sujina described her as a �highly motivated cadre� of the Bangladesh-based militant outfit and it was difficult to extricate information from her.

On the whereabouts of Sahanur, security sources said the police and security forces are tracing him and last time he was traced in Garo Hills of Meghalaya. However, according to information available with the security agencies, he could not escape to Bangladesh despite making serious efforts to do so. �According to information available, he is facing severe financial problem and is continuously on the run as the security forces are close on his heels. Under the circumstances, the possibility of Sahanur giving himself up also cannot be ruled out,� sources added.

Sources pointed out that questioning of Sahanur is vital as he is the only person who knows details of the activities of the JMB in Assam. He was the main man who took persons from Assam for training at three Madrassas in Burdwan and Murshidabad. It may be mentioned here that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for anyone providing information about Sahanur.

Meanwhile, officials of the NIA today questioned three persons from Sahanur�s native village in Barpeta to know the details of the activities of Sahanur. NIA sources said that the agency questioned several persons of the village yesterday and those three persons were called to Guwahati for questioning today.

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