Odisha govt seeks detail report on Madrasa run by suspected Al Qaeda terrorist  


BHUBANESWAR: Odisha School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra on Thursday directed the district education officer of Cuttack to submit a detailed report on the Madrasa run by arrested Al Qaeda terror suspect Abdul Rehman.

The Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) member was arrested by Odisha police and Delhi police in a joint operation from Cuttack on Tuesday late night. The terror suspect was running a Madrasa under Tangi police limits in the district. The residential madrasa had around 85 students of whom 80 were from Jharkhand.Madrasa run by suspected Al Qaeda terrorist Abdul Rehman

“We would verify whether the Madrasa, which was running privately, had proper documents. The DEO has been asked to submit an inquiry report. If any illegality is found, it would be shut down,” the Minister said.

Mishra said the Madrasa Board had requested the government to place it under the SC and ST Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Department.Madrasa run by suspected Al Qaeda terrorist Abdul Rehman

“But in August this year, the department expressed its inability to accommodate the institutions and urged us to keep these with us till it is equipped completely,” Mishra added.

Sources said police had detained three associates of Rehman, who were running the Madrasa.

Police Commissioner RP Sharma said they are trying to collect information about the close associates of Rehman and their modus operandi in Cuttack and other parts of the state.

Police personnel from the Twin City Commissionerate Police accompanied by the Tangi police searched the Madrasa and verified several documents. They also interacted with the minor inmates.

Besides, Child Welfare Commission (CWC) chairperson, District Child Protection Officer, officials of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, and members of Vasundhara and Childline also visited the controversial institution.