On Friday seven German nationals were detained for violating visa norms, recently three Swedish nationals were deported after they were found to be engaged in religious teaching. Recently 17 Bangladesh nationals were arrested for violating visa norms.
Singh while talking to media persons on Monday said, “Two cases are lodged one in Dibrugarh and another in Golaghat. Investigation will ascertain the role of the people and organisation which organised the religious meeting. We have evidence that German nationals took part in several religious activities.”
He added, “Superintendent of police across the state is asked to keep a watch irrespective of the religion of congregations where foreign tourists assemble.”
Singh added, “Even with a missionary visa religious conversion is unlawful. Through the Special branch of the state police we have written to the government of India to blacklist people and organizations which are violating visa norms in further issuance of visa.”
They attended religious gatherings in Tinsukia, Karbi Anglong and halted in Golaghat. They had other plans to visit different areas, but they were stopped by the Assam police. The Germans have been identified as Asmus Merten, Bloemlisa Aimee, Von Oheimb Cornelia Elisaveth Friederike, Hinrich Andreas, Michael Erich Schaper and Olearius Chrisia Dorothea.
Assam police have found that the Miya Museum in the Goalpara district was funded by Ansarullah Bangla Team, an affiliate of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) operatives.
Singh that four operatives of Ansarullah Bangla Team were arrested from Barpeta, Tamulpur and Nalbari.” During integration they said one Mohar Ali had approached them for assistance. He was provided with Rs 10,000. Ali had set up the museum.”
State government had sealed the two-day old museum and arrested its functionaries.
Bengali speaking Muslims are often referred as Miya Muslims. Muslims comprise 34% of the 3.12 crore population of Assam, of which 4% are indigenous Assamese Muslims and the remaining mostly Bengali-speaking Muslims.