New Delhi, Aug 29: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested one person in connection with the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh case detected in Bengaluru.
Najir Sheikh alias Patla Anas, a resident of Murshidabad in West Bengal was an active member of the JMB. He was taken to Bengaluru on a transit warrant and produced before the Special NIA court.
In the year 2013, Intelligence Agencies had warned that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba was training women terrorists to carry out strikes in India. An all women’s terror module had been launched in Pakistan under the banner Dukhtareen-e-Tayiba and the inputs gathered by India went on to suggest that these women would be used to launch attacks on Indian soil. While the Lashkar is yet to launch its women’s wing completely to carry out attacks, the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was quick to launch its all women’s wing. Using women in terror strikes has always proved to be fatal since 8 out of 10 times they do not catch the eye of the security agencies.
There has been a hue and cry today following the statement in Parliament on the Saradha-Burdhwan link. Many termed the statement by the Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh, as a clean chit to the Trinamool Congress (TMC), which has been accused of shielding the accused of both the Burdhwan and Saradha incidents. Before we look into this, let us see what exactly the minister told the Lok Sabha in a written response, “The investigation has so far not revealed any such transaction where money was routed to Bangladesh to fund terrorist activities.
The Burdwan incident goes beyond the purview of a terror strike and when the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited West Bengal last week, he made it amply clear to the establishment that this incident is nothing but a coup against another nation.
With a team of the National Investigating Agency set to visit Bangladesh next week, it has its task cut out and would seek out details against at least 600 operatives all part of the network which was trying to set up its base in India in a bid to overthrow the Awami League.
Here we bring you the investigation details into the probe and going through the report of the NIA, one gets the picture as to how far and wide the entire operation spreads.
Setting up- The entire planning commenced in the year 2009 when a bunch of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders decided that they needed to overthrow the Awami League as this party had been merciless on their cadres. The Jamaat used several of its militant wings in order to execute this plan. It roped in its primary outfit the Jamaat-ul-Mujhaideen Bangladesh. The JMB was told that it would have to coordinate with the operatives of the Ansarulla Bangla, Jamaatul Muslimeen, Hepajat Islam and the Tanzim Tamiruddin in order to execute this plan.
In the later half of 2009 the JMB moved 10 of its operatives into West Bengal. Another 15 of them were moved into Assam. The first thing that they did was get in touch with the local leaders in both these states. West Bengal and Assam both had political outfits which were sympathetic to the cause of the Jamaat. The West Bengal module commenced its operations first in Madhyam Gram. This was the landing point for the operatives where they were handed out their voter ID cards and also passports. All these operatives were kept at the camps in Chittagong and Bandarban and launched into West Bengal in batches. Once in West Bengal, these cadres were taken to various camps which were set up in Malda, Nadia and Murshidabad. They started off with 10 modules in 2010 and by the turn of 2014 had managed to set up 53 modules.
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Sahanur Alam, a shady character from Assam is proving to be the biggest fish in Burdhwan episode linking Assam. A dentist by profession he and his wife ran a dental clinic in Chatala, Barapeta which acted as a front to carry out activities for the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh.
This was an operation that was being run by Alam and his wife Sujuna. While Alam used his dental clinic in Chatala as a front, his wife had become the transporter of the funds, NIA sources informed. The NIA is also looking into a confidential report by the Assam police which has claimed that operatives of the JMB had close links with lower rung politicians in the state who were helping set up the JMB modules which was aiming at merging Bangladesh, West Bengal and Assam in a bid to make it a Greater Bangladesh.
A dentist by profession, Alam belonged to a upper wing of the JMB which had roped in several educated youth into their fold. Recruiting educated persons into the operation only meant that they avoid heat and also are in a better position to understand the real intent of the entire operation which the Indian agencies say was not a run of the mill terror strike but a full fledged military coup.
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The Trinamool Congress has been in the eye of the storm off late and with back to back embarrassments vide Saradha and Burdhwan, the state government has a lot of questions to answer. The biggest question on everyones’ mind is why was Mamta Banerjee quiet all along?
While the Saradha scam saw a huge flock of the TMC being questioned, the Burdhwan incident has thrown up many questions especially the sheltering of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh who were planning nothing but a major coup against the Awami League.
Intelligence Bureau officials in India have very often complained to New Delhi about the West Bengal administration soft peddling against several elements working against the stability of the government in Bangladesh.
So, what exactly has made West Bengal such a happy hunting ground for terrorists from Bangladesh. Their names appear to crop up both in the Saradha scam and even the Burdhwan incident which has led investigators to believe that the two cases are somewhere inter-connected.
Teesta water sharing: Bangladesh has officially lodged complaints with India about the West Bengal administration particularly the TMC and even said that some of their leaders are working contrary to their interests. In effect Mamta Banerjee was the person who opposed the Teesta water sharing agreement between the two countries. This issue was first raised during the UPA regime, but Mamta has been accused of trying and stalling the project. Bangladesh which relies on this water for its northern part says that she is solely the cause for this project being stalled. She has even refused to come to the talking table and has ignored repeated requests by both the Indian and Bangladesh government on this issue. She has even refused to table and discuss the recommendations made by the Kalyan Rudra Committee. Continue reading “Mamta’s Burdhwan silence- Reasons listed here”
The discovery of a pamphlet by the West Bengal Intelligence Agencies which is now shared with the Central Intelligence Bureau speaks about terror groups coming under one banner and establishing a Caliphate. An officer with the Intelligence Bureau in New Delhi who is scrutinizing the document says while being able to verify the document as a genuine one, it goes on to show the larger intent of these groups.
The pamphlets have been printed and circulated a couple of days after the Al-Qaeda in the Sub-Continent made a call to impose the Sharia law in Bangladesh, Assam and West Bengal through its magazine, Resurgence. The wording in the pamphlet and also the message sent out by the AQIS is similar and speaks about how an Islamic State ought to be established by using the existing modules in Bangladesh, West Bengal and Assam.
The official says on reading the pamphlet one gets to understand that the Al-Qaeda wants to use the platform of the Al-Jihad which comprises the SIMI and the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh as well in order to establish its caliphate. It finds the urgent need to establish one as it had been beaten by the ISIS which was the first to declare the establishment of such a caliphate. The officer said that they propose to use the modules in Bangladesh, Assam and West Bengal which are directly inter-linked and they also feel that the easy infiltration between these places makes the job only easier for them. In the future the Al-Jihad also proposes to spread its wings into Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar. Further the Al-Jihad also proposes to rope in the Rohingya Muslims from Burma in order to establish this caliphate.
The officer says that this is just the first step of the Al-Qaeda to set up the caliphate. The idea of a caliphate has attracted several youth especially in the case of the ISIS and the implementation of the Sharia law is even more attractive to spruce up the recruitments.
The talk about establishing this caliphate was first found when the Burdwan module was busted. Literature related to the Al-Qaeda proposing to operate under the banner of the Al-Jihad was found in the house at Burdwan where bombs were being made. Now with the lid blown off these pamphlets are being distributed aggressively to raise the sagging morale of the cadres who are down following the busting of this entire operation, the IB official also points out.
IB officials are tracking the routes of this pamphlet and say that this has been locally printed. They have printed over 3000 such pamphlets to be distributed in several states. Inter linking the above mentioned states is the main idea in a bid to implement the Sharia law. The pamphlet on scrutiny suggests that they wanted to overthrow the Awami League as they accuse it of cozying up to India and making Bangladesh almost a Hindu state.
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