Locals demolish madrassa in Assam over ‘militancy’ link, 4th demolition in last few weeks

A screengrab of a video showing Markazul Ma-Arif Quariayana madrassa being demolished in Bongaigaon district of Assam on August 31, 2022.

Assam: Locals in Pakhiura Char village of Assam’s Goalpara district demolished a madrassa and a residence adjacent to it in protest against the use of the premises for militant activities.

The madrasa located in Pakhiura Char under Matia police station and the residence adjacent to it was allegedly used for jihadi activities by two Bangladeshi nationals, who are currently absconding, news agency PTI reported quoting police.

The police claimed that madrassa premises being used for such activities came to light following the arrest of madrasa cleric Jalaluddin Sheikh. The two arrestees were working as teachers at Darogar Alga Pakhiura Char Madrassa.

“The locals voluntarily demolished the madrasa and the residence adjacent to it in a mark of strong resentment,” the official was quoted further saying.

Pertinently, the madrassa is the fourth institution to be demolished in the northeastern state in the last few weeks.

Earlier on August 31, the Assam government ordered the demolition of Markazul Ma-Arif Quariayana madrassa in Bongaigaon district and two other madrassas in two other parts.


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