Foreign nationals used tourist visas for religious preaching in Assam: DGP | Guwahati News


GUWAHATI: Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta on Sunday said the 17 Bangladeshi nationals who were arrested from Assam’s Biswanath district on Saturday for violating Indian visa rules came to the state as tourists but were indulged in religious preaching.
Mahanta on Sunday said he had already cautioned the representatives of Muslim groups early this month about instances of misusing the tourist visas for religious preaching. “The purpose of tourism is to visit places. They should go to Rang Ghar, Kareng Ghar, Kaziranga National Park or other wildlife sanctuaries. Instead, some anti-India forces have been misusing the tourist visas,” he said.
He said even Indian visas availed on medical purpose were being used for religious works.
Mahanta said the 17 people came on tourist visas to Baghmari, a place that resembles the features of a char (sand bar) or riverine area, which he informed was already on police radar for reported presence of elements linked with rhino poaching. “The Bangladeshi nationals were found involved in religious discussions in Baghmari, which violates the conditions on which they availed visas to travel to India,” he added.
Police sources said the 17 Bangladeshis, including a “religious preacher”, also visited several other religious places in India in the past. A senior police officer of Biswanath said the group had reached the northern Assam district on September 13 from Cooch Behar in West Bengal.
Several madrasas in the state were found to have alleged links with jihadi elements in the recent times and three of them were demolished by the authorities for alleged links with Bangladesh based Ansarullah Bangla Team of Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent. However, police are yet to confirm whether the team of 17 arrested Bangladeshi nationals have terror links.





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