The Central intelligence agency report on how perfume baron and Assam Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind chief Maulana Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) has been promoting jihadi activities in Assam, which was leaked to the media, sent ripples across the state.
Denying media reports that his party played a key role in sending a group of Muslim youths to Bangladesh for jihadi training, Ajmal alleged that the issue was part of a bigger conspiracy against the AIUDF. “Many people in political circles fear the AIUDF’s surge and popularity that we achieved in a short span of time.
The media report where I was branded as promoter of jihadi activities is fully baseless and has no truth…We are against terrorism. The campaign is part of a bigger conspiracy against me and AIUDF as a whole”, he said, vowing to take to court the media house, which has been airing the report since Tuesday evening.
The report said that AIUDF and the Assam unit of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind played a key role in selecting Muslim youth for jihadi training in Bangladesh. The report claimed that the first batch of about 15-20 Muslim youths from Assam crossed the Indo-Bangladesh border through Sukhchar in Dhubri district, while another group was waiting to leave.
The Bharatiya Janata Party demanded an inquiry into the allegations. “If this is true, then it is a serious matter,” said senior BJP leader and Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakravarty, adding that she did not think the AIUDF chief had done such a thing.
The Bajrang Dal has called for a 24-hour Assam bandh on October 31 in protest against the issue and has demanded that the AIUDF be banned. The ruling Congress as well as the Asom Gana Parisad have demanded that the Centre take tough action to root out jihadi activities from the state.