SOME Madrassas In Bengal Being Used For Radicalization: MHA

FRESH political slugfest is expected between Mamata Government and the Centre after The Union Home Ministry on Tuesday informed Lok Sabha that there were intelligence inputs on Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) allegedly using Madrassas in Burdwan and Murshidabad districts in West Bengal. The Home Ministry in the border state is under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The TMC, Congress and the Left have meanwhile reacted angrily after The Ministry for Home Affairs has rejected the proposal to change the name of West Bengal as Bangla .It was the resolution of the state legislative assembly. The government said that Madrassas in these two locations were being used for radicalisation of youth and recruitment activities. The Centre on its part has already announced JMB as a terrorist organisation. Asked to comment, Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, who is also ruling TMC General Secretary, said “I haven’t seen the statement. First I will go through the statement then respond. Pushing off a Madrasa teacher and forcing him to chant Jai Shree Ram is also not right. I don’t know whether the state home department has received any such letters or not.”As per some reports, JMB has set up terror factories in the porous border of Bangladesh and West Bengal. The Bangladeshi terror group opposed to Sheikh Hasina Government is reportedly   backed by Pakistan-based terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba. The state government has been issued advisory from time to time. Sources in West Bengal administration said, “The information though not new is factual.”Another source said, “A lot of unrecognized madrassas do exist in West Bengal and for funding they have to rely on  JMB and other Bangladesh-based organisations.”The NIA, whose domain has been to investigate terror cases, have found links of JMB with terror financing and Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) but even top sources said that use of madrassas to radicalise youth was not found in their investigation. On October 2, 2014, a blast took place in a house in West Bengal’s Burdwan district in which a man identified as Sakil Gazi died. The NIA in its investigation revealed that the JMB members wanted to establish Sharia rule by overthrowing the democratically elected government in Bangladesh. JMB was involved in the Bodh Gaya blast. But Centre’s push to give NIA new powers to not require concurrence from state DG for conducting raids in states could later turn out to be another area for further discontent. The state government has so far not paid heed to the advice on security matters, including the recent advisory on political killings.(with input from India Today)

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