Guwahati, March 6: Around 10 to 12 members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), an Islamic fundamentalist group, are currently at large in Assam.
Parliamentary affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary today told the state Assembly that in the wake of the 2014 blast at Khagragarh in Bengal's Burdwan district, 56 members of the JMB were arrested from Barpeta, Chirang, Baksa, Nalbari, Bongaigaon and Goalpara districts but around 10 to 12 members of the outfit from Assam are absconding.
"Among the JMB members arrested from the state, 12 were trained in madarsas in Simulia, Bolpur and Burdwan in Bengal while the rest were trained locally," he said.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had charge-sheeted two JMB members from Assam - Sahanur Alom and Shaikul Islam Khan alias Abdullah - in connection with the Khagragarh blast.
Patowary today told the House that the state government does not have any specific information about youths from the state joining ISIS after BJP legislator Ashok Singhal raised the issue under rule 54 of the Assembly proceedings.
Patowary was replying on behalf of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who holds the home portfolio.
He said to counter the jihadi threat, the state government has asked all district superintendents of police to remain alert and keep a close watch on suspicious persons.
"Security along the India-Bangladesh border and vulnerable places like religious places, oil refineries and shopping malls has been intensified," the minister said.
Assam police have been asked to step up coordination and communication with intelligence agencies. "Police and other security forces were also asked to remain ready for any eventuality," he said.
The state government today informed the House that till December 31, 2016, 4,68,934 foreigners cases were referred to foreigners tribunals and of these, 2,69,522 have been disposed of and 80,194 people were declared foreigners.
A total of 26,026 cases were decided ex-parte while the rest were disposed of after contest.
There are 100 foreigners tribunals in Assam of which 64 were created in August 2015. These 64 newly created tribunals have declared 5,932 people foreigners between August 2015 and December 2016.
Deputy leader of the AIUDF legislature party Aminul Islam had lashed out at the members (judges) of foreigners tribunals yesterday, accusing them of violating human rights by "arbitrarily declaring" Indian citizens illegal migrants from Bangladesh.