[Assam] Madrassas along border hub of anti-India activities
Pradip Kumar Datta
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Sun May 13 22:03:19 PDT 2007
Madrassas along border hub of anti-India activities
By a Staff Reporter, Sentinel Assam 14.05.07
GUWAHATI, May 13: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), while revealing the findings of its extensive survey carried out in the border areas, said that anti-India activities were going on in full swing in several madrassas and mosques located along the international border in Asom and Tripura. This is close on the heels of the Border Security Force (BSF) expressing its concern over the mushroom growth of madrassas along the Indo-Bangla border in Dhubri and Karimganj sectors.
The 64-member ABVP survey team, comprising representatives from as many as 22 States of the country, saw at least 519 madrassas and mosques which are allegedly being run with funds from abroad, the students body said. Apart from infiltration, large-scale smuggling of arms and other materials, antisocial activities, movement of fundamentalists etc are going on in full swing along the porous international border in the two sectors, the survey team said. The team conducted an on-the-spot survey along the 1,879-km Indo-Bangla border in as many as 12 districts of four north-eastern States Asom, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura. The ABVP, in its report, rejected the Governments claim that the 80 per cent work of fencing along the Indo-Bangla border had been completed. The Governments claim is nothing but an eyewash, said Simanta Roy Choudhury, ABVP State secretary, while talking to newsmen here today.
According to him, the ground situation is such that border fencing cannot be completed this year, as targeted by the Government.
In Dhubri district and Barak valley, several areas along the international border are still without fencing, and there are only a few border outposts, Choudhury said. The existing fences are very fragile, he added. The student leaders alleged that the fencing works in the four bordering States is very slow, and the quality of work is also very poor.
ABVP north-eastern States president Mrinal Kanti Das said there is massive smuggling of cattle, arms and other materials. Some parts of the Barak Valley have become the hub of fake notes, he added. Taking the advantage of the situation, the ISI has been supplying arms to militants and jihadi groups operating in this region, he added.
The ABVP delegation is scheduled to leave for New Delhi tomorrow to submit the survey report to the President, the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the Minister of Defence. The issue will come under discussion in the four-day national executive meeting of the ABVP going to be held at Jabbalpur, the student leaders said.
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