New Delhi: Alarm bells have long been ringing in the security circle and several high profile closed doors meeting are being held, as a nefarious terror plot to merge West Bengal with ‘Greater Bangladesh’ has come to the surface.
The Centre has far too many reasons to be worried about the shadow war unleashed by Pakistan and Bangladesh based Jihadi elements as the country suffered severely in terror attacks like 26/11, Pathankot. However, West Bengal which has so far remained dormant on the terror radar has reportedly turned into a terror safe haven, as per intelligence reports. The mastermind of Dhaka attack was in Bengal and several JMB terrorists crossed over to this side of the border to escape heat in Bangladesh.
India in its dossier to Bangladesh on the Burdwan incident made it clear that these terrorist groups, working under different names, had planned on establishing a Greater Bangladesh which merges Bangladesh with West Bengal.
As a first step they intended setting up modules in West Bengal, Meghalaya and Assam in a bid to create several mini Bangladeshs’ and then take the plan to next level. Further India also speaks about two main training camps of the JMB based in Bandarban and Chittagong which are being used as launch pads to set up modules in India especially in West Bengal.
These cadres land up in Madhyan Gram and then move to various parts of the state before they set up their modules, India’s dossier states. In the dossier while India gave status report on the National Investigating Agency (NIA) probe, it also pointed to the splinter groups within Bangladesh which are making the setting up of such modules a possibility within India.
India has listed the names of several splinter groups which are working for Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh: India has listed the names of several splinter groups which are working for the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, the militant wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami. The Ansarulla Bangla, Jamayatul Muslimeen, Hepajat Islam and the Tanzim Tamiruddin are the splinter groups which are offering support to the Jamaat and this needs to be checked by the Bangladesh government.
Further the dossier also states that these groups are taking advantage of the political situation in Bangladesh and this has added to the problem and made these terror groups strong. Also Bangladesh will be told about the al-Qaeda in the Sub Continent which calls for the establishment of a caliphate with the help of Bangladesh militant groups specifically. Bangladesh will also be told about the landing of the Rohingya Muslims on their soil in a bid to set up a stronger network.
The socio-economic-political situation is also being taken advantage of while carrying out the infiltration and joint efforts between the two Intelligence agencies and also the Border forces would be the need of the hour to prevent any further influx. Terror groups are using socio-economic and political conditions to infiltrate their members into India. During the questioning of the several operatives it has come to light that the political instability and the need to set up an Islamic state is what has prompted these modules to become more aggressive. Further much better cooperation between the two nations on intelligence sharing is needed as the JMB has also been in talks with the al-Qaeda to establish a Greater Bangladesh.
The meeting of some operatives of the JMB with the members of the al-Qaeda who have set up their sub continent wing headquarters in Pakistan also finds a mention in the document. The al-Qaeda has a better network in this part of the world and hence the JMB decided to join hands with the AQ to realise their cause for a Greater Bangladesh.