“(Former prime minister) Indira Gandhi attempts to eliminate Pakistan’s armour and air force capabilities,” Central Intelligence Agency director Richard Holmes had said at a meeting in the aftermath of the operation that created Bangladesh. Holmes is quoted in a document of the CIA – one of the thousands that were declassified recently.
The Intelligence Bureau has placed under scanner 150 youth from Assam for alleged links with the Islamic State. The spread of the IS from Bangladesh to West Bengal and Assam with the help of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen is a well-known fact.
Intelligence Bureau officials say that the IS has managed to spread its ideology deep into the system in West Bengal and it is attempting the same in Assam as well.
New Delhi, Dec 28: In July 2012, the chief of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, Hafiz Saeed shared a stage in Karachi with a man called Maulana Abdus Quddus Burmi, where a resolution was passed to ‘recruit and seek revenge for the atrocities against the Rohingya Muslims’.
An overly secular approach in the state, so much that it led to appeasement proved to be a major advantage for the group. Today the outfit which allies with the ISIS has become a headache not just in Bangladesh, but in West Bengal as well.