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Assam madrassas to follow new SOPs

According to a survey, there are more than 1,000 unregistered madrassas or such institutions in the state.

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Guwahati: The Assam Police said a committee will be formed to ensure enforcement of the rules and regulations in the madrassas.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma recently said that the government is now preparing Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the new Imams who are coming to the state from outside.

DGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta has urged Muslim organizations and the board of Madrassas to maintain vigilance and follow the procedures while engaging teachers (Imams) from outside the state, and also verify the necessary details including the identity.

The directive has come against the backdrop of the arrest of 37 jihadi cadres in little over a month in Assam for their alleged links with Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent and the Ansarul Bangla Team, a Bangladesh-based terror outfit.

Director General of Assam Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta held meetings on Sunday with leading Muslim organizations and the Madrassa board functionaries and sought their help against the terror groups.

“We have requested them to seriously verify the person’s identity. Police would soon launch a portal, where every detail of the madrassas and the teachers engaged mandatorily be uploaded,” the police chief told the media on Sunday.

The DGP has suggested teaching Mathematics, Science, and English besides religious education in the Madrassas.

The Muslim groups have sought six-months time for implementation of the government guidelines.

According to a survey, there are more than 1,000 unregistered madrassas or such institutions in the state.

Last year, the Assam government converted 700 state-funded Madrassas into general schools.

Last month, the Assam government bulldozed three Madrassas in different parts of the state allegedly for having links with a terror outfit.

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