Jehadi forces still a major challenge: Rajnath Singh

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  • Updated: Jul 11, 2015 21:50 IST

Union Home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the problem of ‘Islamic radicalization and Jehadi outfits’ is still a major challenge to the country. Singh stressed about full coordination between state and central govt.’s concerned agencies to meet out challenge.

On the Northeastern states’ security and development review meeting in Guwahati, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi raised about the threat of Jehadi forces and Islamic radicalization to the state. Rajnath Singh said that ‘problem of Islamic radicalization and threat of Jehadi forces’ is only a challenge to one state but it is a challenge to the entire country.

“Islamic radicalization and threat of Jehadi forces is not only a challenge to a particular state but it is a challenge to the entire country. To meet the challenge, both state govt. and central govt. should work in tandem. We are trying our best to meet out the challenge,” said Singh.

Assam chief minister in his address highlighted about the expansion of Islamic radical forces through frontal organization such as Popular Fronts of India (PFI) which are active in communally sensitive areas in the state. The PFI’s activities were noticed in state’s riverine areas which are inhabited areas of immigrant Muslim. PFI’s headquarters is in Kerala in south India.

Gogoi recalled the exposure of JMB (Jamaat-ul-Muzahideen, Bangladesh) module in the state and open threat of Jehadi group such as Al-Qaeda to the state.

In the investigation of NIA (National Investigation Agency) on Burdwan blast in West Bengal last year , it was came to light about the expansion of JMB module to the state’s communally sensitive areas and how a section of boys and girls in immigrant Muslim dominated areas in lower Assam had joined the JMB.

Last year, after Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri issued a threat to countries in Indian sub continent through issuing a video tape and announcing the formation of Indian branch of the terrorist outfit, the Al Qaeda leader mentioned Assam’s name as its one of its target areas.

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