The men arrested have been named as Mawlana Zafar Alim and Maniul Islam. While Alim was the head of the AQIS in Bangladesh, Islam is a former chief of the radical Harkat-ul-Jihadi Islami or the HuJI.
The Maharashtra state government has derecognized Madrasas and termed the students as out of school children on the ground that they do not provide formal education. The move which has been termed as controversial was backed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who intends bringing children to main stream schools.While there are many who are likely to criticize the decision terming it as vindictive, the government of Maharashtra has made it clear that the move is intended to ensure that all children have access to formal education. Read more:
The death of Nasir al-Wahayshi who led the al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula was a big blow to the outfit. The AQAP which suffered a major set back in the event of his death is now desperately trying to replace him and a hunt is already on.