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Al Qaeda 'threatens' Assam BJP unit
K Anurag in Guwahati | December 21, 2007 09:56 IST
The Assam state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has claimed to have received a threat from al Qaeda terrorists for taking a strong stand against the suspected illegal migrants from Bangladesh in Assam.
Assam BJP president Ramen Deka said that in a letter addressed to him, the al Qaeda has threatened to kill him and blow up the state party headquarters in Guwahati. The purported letter from the al Qaeda was received at the state BJP headquarter in Guwahati on Wednesday.
The global terrorist group in the letter has accused the Assam state BJP unit of harassing the indigenous Muslim population in the state by terming them as illegal Bangladeshi migrants and threatened to the blow up the state BJP headquarters and kill its president for it.
The letter further criticised the state BJP president for making derogatory comments against Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen [Images]. Alarmed by the threat from the global terrorist organisation, the state BJP unit has lodged a complaint with the director-general of Assam police. The police are yet to verify the veracity of the threatening letter from the al Qaeda.
Deka said he won't be cowed down and blamed the ruling Congress in Assam for failing to control the growing activities of fundamentalist and Islamic terrorists organisations in the state.
The BJP leader informed that the al Qaeda had issued similar threat to the All Assam Students Union adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharryan in the same letter for his firm stand against the illegal Bangladeshi migrants living in Assam.
However, the AASU is yet to make any comment. It is not known whether a copy of the letter was received at the AASU head office in Guwahati or not.