Four madrasas demolished in Assam

A madrasa in Assam’s Goalpara district was razed on Tuesday by locals in Pakhiura Char under the Matia police station due to allegations that it was being used for ‘jihadi’ and anti-national activities. A madrasa-related preacher was detained a few days before the action for alleged anti-national actions. In the past few weeks, Assam has seen the demolition of four madrasas, with the first three being carried out by the government.

madrasas razed in Assam

Government officials destroyed the first one, Jamiul Huda Madrasa at Moirabari in the Morigaon district, on August 4. The Jamiul Huda Academy Madrasa in Howli, Barpeta district, was razed by the government on August 29. On August 31, the Markazul Ma-Arif Quariayana Madrasa in Bongaigaon district, was also demolished. (Locals of Assam’s Goalpara District Raze Madrasa over ‘Anti-National, Jihadi’ Activities | North East India News,The Indian Express, 2022) 

Residents were seen tearing down the bamboo-built madrasa’s wall and removing the tin sheets that had been used for the roof in a video of the destruction that Assam Police released on Tuesday. “On Tuesday morning, inhabitants of Darogar Alga in Pakhiura Char demolished a nearby house as well as a nearby madrasa in a show of defiance against alleged Islamist activity. Jalaluddin Sheikh, an imam at a nearby mosque who was detained by police last month, utilised the madrasa, according to Goalpara superintendent of police (SP) VV Rakesh Reddy. (“Locals Demolish Madrasa over ‘Terror Links’ in Assam | Latest News India – Hindustan Times”) 

“According to police data, Assam currently has about 3,000 private madrasas. A bill to convert 731 government-run madrasas in the state to ordinary schools was passed by the Assam assembly last year.” (“Locals Demolish Madrasa over ‘Terror Links’ in Assam | Latest News India – Hindustan Times”) 

According to Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, the director general of police in Assam, certain Muslim legislators and the leaders of four Islamic organizations, which collectively control more than 1,000 private madrasas, have pledged to take action against mosques and madrasas engaged in “jihadi” activities. Additionally, he stated that a website portal would be created exclusively for madrasas to upload their details, including location, authorization certificates, teacher names and addresses, student counts, and other pertinent data. Mr. Mahanta defended the decision to oversee the madrasas. He stated, “Our goal is to put an end to global plots by al-Qaeda and rogue organizations like (Pakistani) ISI to turn Assam into their jihadi playground. (“Locals Demolish ‘Tainted’ Madrasa in Assam’s Goalpara District – The Hindu”)