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Madrassa under scanner after 27 students go missing
Published on 28 Aug. 2009 11:50 PM IST
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An Assam madrassa has raked up a major controversy after 27 of its students went ‘missing’. The police launched an investigation to verify the credential of all the apprentices amid reports that some of them could be linked to fundamentalist groups. According to UNI report, police sources said a complaint was filed by a former managing committee member of the Madrasa-E-Islamia, located at Melamati in Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s home constituency Jorhat, that 27 students from the institution had gone missing and some of them were suspected to be illegal migrants. According to the complaint, the madrasa had 150 students in January last. However, when the police intervened, the head of the institution made a submission that they had 87 students. After police began investigating the matter, they found the institute had 125 students in its roll. ‘’We have so far verified 98 students. Investigation is on to trace the remaining students,’’ Jorhat district Superintendent of Police Deepak Choudhury said. Not ruling out any ‘anomaly’, Choudhury said, ‘We have communicated to the police stations of the places from where the remaining students were stated to have come.’’ Meanwhile, adjoining Golaghat district police had already registered a case against one of the students - Akhtar Hussain (13) - on charges of illegal migration from Bangladesh. Asked whether some of the missing students could have links with Jehadi elements as alleged by some reports, the SP said, ‘’We are not looking into that aspect now. First we will have to trace the students.’’ Meanwhile, several organisations of the constituency, including the units of All Assam Students Union and All Tea Tribe Students Union have demanded the arrest of all the faculty and students of the institution alleging that they were involved in ‘anti-national activities’. In a public meeting held yesterday, the organisations vented their ire against the police for slow pace of investigation and threatened to launch an agitation if the probe was not completed within a week’s time.

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