Guwahati: The Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) team from Uttar Pradesh is yet to establish any direct links of the seven persons, arrested from various locations of Assam in the past few days, with terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
Binod Kuma Shukla, who is heading the ATS team in Assam, said, “We are trying to dig out as much information as possible from these people. But specific information like how these people are involved with funding, recruitment and arms procurement are yet to be received.”
“Direct link abhi tak toh nahin hai (No direct link so far),” he added.
“Some of them were picked up because they had lent their motorcycle to one of those arrested, Qamar uz Zaman, and some provided shelter. We are trying to find out whether they were aware of the terrorist activities of Qamar or not,” he further said.
The ATS team from Uttar Pradesh, consisting of four members, has been continuing its investigation in the state since Friday following the arrest of Qamar, a suspected Hizbul cadre, in Kanpur.
Later, seven more arrests followed based on inputs from Qamar from Nagaon, Hojai and Byrnihat areas of the state.
On the other hand, a five-member team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Guwahati has arrived in Hojai district to interrogate the arrested cadres. Of the seven arrested, six belong to Hojai district and one to Nagaon district.
Meanwhile, Sibu Mishra, BJP MLA from Lumding in Hojai, has said that he has requested the Hojai SP to tighten security cover in the district keeping in view of the Durga Puja celebrations next month.
“We were vocal about the presence of cadres of anti-national elements like Hizbul Mujahideen for a long time now. Such activities are going on in this area for the past 20 years. But I am sure they will not be able to carry out anti-national activities in Assam. We are requesting SP Ankur Jain to tighten the security of the district because of the ensuing Durga Puja,” the MLA added.
(With inputs from Abdul Qadir)