Five Jihadis Might Have Entered India from Bangladesh


Kolkata: At least five Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorists, whose names appear in the latest list handed over by Rapid Action Batallion (RAB) to Indian authorities, suspected to have sneaked into India.

These names, which came to surface a day before Bangladesh’s home minister Asadullah Khan Kamal’s visit to India, is a crucial part of Kamal’s discussions with Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, sources said. These include Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury from Sylhet, a Canadian expatriate who is believed to be the coordinator of Islamic State in Bangladesh.

Three days back, RAB has released names of 68 missing persons-all of them aged between 15 and 40 years, were missing since 2011. Among those, at least five are suspected to have sneaked into Indian territory crossing porous border with the neighbouring country. The alerts were there in Indian states like West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya after the Gulshan attack in Bangladesh. But Bangladesh government, this time, has handed over the list of at least five JMB activists who are suspected to have crossed border and entered India. Two months back, Assam police busted a JMB camp in Chirang district, which was used for training purpose of local youths.

One of the key suspects, whose name appears in the list, is Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury who is believed to have been behind the Gulshan attack. The Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen is suspected to be the links of local terror outfits in the neighbouring country and ISIS. Also known as Abu Ibrahim Al-Hanif, Chowdhury’s interview appeared in the June, 2016 issue of Dabiq-ISIS’ propaganda magazine. According to sources, he left Canada in 2013 and could not be traced after that.

Junoon Sikdar, resident of Comilla, was arrested by Bangladesh police in 2009 under Anti Terrorism Act. Earlier a computer science student at a private university in Dhaka was again arrested in 2013 for his alleged links with the Ansarullah Bangla Team. Sikdar, who was recruiting people for the jihadi group, was later released on bail and he left for Malayasia.

Nazibullah Ansari, resident of Chapainababgunj, Bangladesh went to Malayasia to study marine engineering. Last year a missing diary was filed with the Chittagong police station after Ansari wrote to his brother that he had decided to join IS and shift to Iraq.

ATM Tajuddin, who was studying computer engineering at a US based University was missing since 2013. A missing diary was filed at Laxmipur Sadar police station in Bangladesh, earlier this month. Mohammad Saifulla Ojaki alias Sujit Debnath, a professor of business administration with the Asia Pacific University, Japan was missing for last one year. His father Janardan Debnath later filed a missing diary at Nabinagar in Bangladesh.