BD warns India of terrorist influx

Dhaka,  Sat,  19 August 2017
Published : 21 Mar 2017, 11:19:08 | Updated : 21 Mar 2017, 14:48:11
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Bangladesh warns of huge terrorist influx into India, says Times of India

Dhaka has warned Delhi of a three-fold rise in the influx of terrorists into the country from Bangladesh.

A report has been sent by the Bangladesh government to the Indian home ministry, reports the 'Times of India'.

The report also said the Bangladesh government has claimed that 2016 saw an over three-fold rise in infiltration by Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) and Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) extremists into the border states of West Bengal, Assam, and Tripura from 2015.

The Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found direct JMB involvement in the October 2014 Burdwan blast at Khagragarh, in which two suspected terrorists were killed. Their chargesheet has indicted a number of JMB activists in the case.

The report claimed that as many as 2,010 HuJI and JMB terrorists had entered the three Indian states. Of them, nearly 720 made safe passage through the Bengal border, whereas the remaining 1,290 are suspected to have entered through Assam and Tripura.

No comments were available from Bangladesh officials on the report sent to Indian authorities.

While the West Bengal government doubts the report, the numbers are quite alarming as the intelligence reports pegged the number of terrorists infiltrating India in 2014 and 2015 at 800 and 659, respectively.

“We are trying to gather information to confirm the veracity of the report,” a senior West Bengal home department official was quoted by the Times of India as saying.

Meanwhile, additional director-general of police (SB) in Assam, Pallab Bhattcharyya, has expressed his concern.

He admitted that there has been a rise in terrorist activities over the last six months and that the Assam police had already arrested 54 JMB operatives.

It is believed that a top JMB leader Iftadur Rahman entered India on Jan 12 of this year on a fake passport and has established contact with linkmen in Assam and Bengal.

Intelligence sources have said that he might also visit Delhi, according to bdnews24.com.
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