The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested a madrasa teacher from Kedarnagar area near Dhaka in Sikarahana subdivision of East Champaran for his alleged involvement in anti-national activities.
Confirming this, Superintendent of Police (SP) East Champaran, Dr Kumar Ashish, said on Wednesday that the teacher, identified as Ali Asghar (in his 30s) with Jamia Maria Niswan Madrasa, Kedarnagar, was wanted in an old terrorism case. in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
The Superintendent of Police said that a joint team from Lucknow, Bhopal and Delhi arrested the accused.
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Sikarahana Deputy Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Iftekar Ahmed said that the simultaneous raids were carried out after necessary reinforcements were made available and some people were taken for questioning after 5 pm on Tuesday.
“While leaving them all, they returned with one madrasa teacher around midnight,” the SDM said.
However, after sources citing eyewitnesses reached the madrasa, the NIA team identified Asghar Ali among other teachers and interrogated him and two others for about five hours, after which Ali was arrested and his laptop was seized from his room. It is said that the room where Asghar lived in the mosque has been allocated in the name of the Imam of the mosque, Maulana Naser Ahmed.
After studying in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Ali, a resident of Shiswania, pursued higher education as Maulvi (Intermediate) in Bhopal, where he came in contact with Jamaat-ud-Mujahideen, a Bangladeshi organization known for its anti-India activities.
Ali has been working as a madrasa teacher at Jamia Maria Niswan Madrasa for the past two years.