Bodhgaya- An outsourced operation


Pic: NDTV
Pic: NDTV

Back in the year 2010, when Bodhgaya was surveyed by a bunch of Indian Mujahideen operatives, the idea was to carry out attacks on religious places to gain attention and of course cause destruction. An officer with the Research and Analysis Wing tells rediff.com that it appears to be an outsourced operation to the Indian Mujahideen. This is just a pre-cursor before the Lashkar-e-Tayiba launches a major war in support of the Rohingya Muslims at Myanmar.

A note that was circulated by the Research and Analysis Wing around 6 months back to the Government of India stated that a front called the Difa-e-Musalman was being set up by the Lashkar to fight in Myanmar. It is a major operation for the Lashkar and a large number of persons were being recruited and trained for this operation.

Intelligence Bureau officials say that Bodhgaya is just a pre-cursor and when the IM had actually surveyed the place three years back they were not interested in this cause. However the Lashkar’s new wing Difa-e-Musalman through the Bangladesh based Hizbut Tahrir outsourced this operation to the IM. There have been no tall claims by any of the outfits after this blast and none have come forward to accept responsibility. However the message has been conveyed and that is there is going to be a major war in Myanmar in favour of the Rohingya Muslims. US agencies have informed India that the major base where the training takes place is at a place called Arakan in Myanmar.

The war in Myanmar is expected to be a big one and the Lashkar has been training its guns for that cause. The Lashkar has already said out in the open that the government there is responsible for the plight of the Muslims. After several rounds of discussion with the ISI, there were several other organisations which were roped in to fight the cause in Myanmar. Today part of the team for Myanmar are the Lashkar, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Harkat-ul-Jihadi Islami and the Jamaat-e-eMujahideen.

The Intelligence in India says that these are worrying signals. While Myanmar would go out of its way to ensure that nothing untoward takes place over there, there is a danger that lurks in India since there are a considerable number of Buddhists. The IB has already issued several warnings to secure Buddhist dominated areas as they could be targeted. Now with the IM doing the outsourced job for Pakistan based groups in India, the situation gets even more dangerous.

The IM has been given a free hand to wage this war and has been told to focus more on this issue. There are inputs that would suggest that they would be looking to get in weapons from Thailand and funds from Saudi Arabia.

The Indian agencies are working along with the Singapore, US, Thaiand and Bangladesh agencies to curb this issue. It is all inter related and hence we are working in cooperation with each other, an Intelligence Bureau official said.

Author: Vicky Nanjappa

just a reporter

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