Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said Bangladeshi Terror Outfit Jamaat-Ul-Mujahideen is using West Bengal madrasas to recruit and radicalise the locals.
Shah said this in his reply in Parliament on whether there are reports that madrasas in West Bengal are preaching religious extremism and helping the terrorist organisations. He said there are some inputs on Bangladeshi terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen using some madrasas in the state for "radicalisation and recruitment activities".
As per the Ministry's reply to questions put up by BJP MPs — Khagen Murmu and Sukanta Majumdar of Maldaha Uttar and Balurghat Parliamentary constituencies respectively — several madrasas in Burdwan and Murshidabad are being used for terror-related activities. The MHA further added that relevant inputs in this regard are shared with the state government.
Government has notified Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India or Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Hindustan and all its manifestations as a Terrorist Organization on 23.05.2019 in terms of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967," the Ministry said.
The Special Task Force of the West Bengal Police arrested a member of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen on Tuesday from Burdwan district where MHA flagged the radicalisation in madrasas by the banned outfit. According to reports, the accused has been arrested in connection with January 2018 Bodh Gaya blast.
The Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen is a terrorist organisation that has links with Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT). The organisation was allegedly involved in 2016 attack in a cafe in Bangladesh's capital city Dhaka. Earlier there were reports that the outfit was planning to set up within 10 km along Bangladesh border in several districts of West Bengal, Assam and Tripura.