GUWAHATI, Aug 5: The state police on Saturday apprehended a member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), a Bangladesh based terrorist organisation, from near the Indo-Bangladesh international border in Dhubri, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
The ABT member has been identified as Abdus Sukur Ali. He is a resident of Takimari village situated near the Indo-Bangladesh international border in Dhubri.
A team led by the Dhubri police apprehended him from Nayeralga under Bilasipara Police Station in the Dhubri district in the wee hours on Saturday.
ABT is considered to be a front of the AQIS in Bangladesh and Islamic State (IS).
The member of the ABT module, identified as Abdus Sukur Ali, was apprehended from near the Indo-Bangladesh border, Sarma said in a tweet.
“A member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) module, Abdus Sukur Ali, son of Akbar Ali, from Takimari near the Bangladesh border, was apprehended early this morning from a remote area called Nayeralga under Bilasipara Police Station by a team led by @Dhubri Police. Currently, the police are interrogating the individual extensively,” the chief minister tweeted.
Sarma had recently said that Assam is a potential place for Islamic terror modules, which were being neutralized from time to time and it would continue.
In a similar case, three persons with alleged links with ABT were arrested from Dhubri in April this year.
Last year the Assam police had also busted nine modules of ABT and the Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and arrested 53 persons allegedly involved with these outfits.
The arrests followed by demolition of private madrasas (Islamic educational institutions), where teachers with links with these militant outfits allegedly radicalized youths were termed as serious threats to the security of the state by the state government. (With inputs from PTI)