Two Bangladeshi terror suspects arrested by Bihar ATF in Patna.
March 26, 2019 | Brainwave Science
Two Bangladeshi nationals with alleged ties to terror outfit were arrested by the Bihar’s anti-terrorism squad (ATS) near Patna Junction railway station. Fake ID cards, ISIS posters and documents containing sensitive intelligence about the deployment of security forces in Kashmir were recovered from them.
According to Police reports, the duo has been identified as Khairul Mandal and Abu Sultan, who are Bangladesh national and are active member of the terror outfit Jamiat-Ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Islamic State Bangladesh (ISBD). Terrorists were nabbed on specific inputs from the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
The two suspected terrorists had entered the country without any legal documents and had procured fake identity cards to conceal their identities. Police suspect the head of JMB tasked them to recruit Indian Muslim youth into the outfit on a large scale. During the interrogation, the two admitted they had travelled to various parts of India, including Kolkata, Kerala, Delhi and Bihar to recruit youth and further said they wanted to visit Syria to join ISIS and take part in ‘Jihad’. According to officials, they fled from Bangladesh and entered India after their top leaders were nabbed in a crackdown by the Sheikh Hasina’s government.
The suspected terrorists also conducted a surveillance of important Buddhist shrines and other religious sites in Bihar. Officials suspect that duo was looking for a hideout in Patna to organize some subversive activity. The duo also stayed in Gaya for 11 days in connection with their nefarious motives. JMB is believed to have been behind the January 2018 explosion in Bodh Gaya.
Additional Director General of Police, Kundan Krishnan, said, “Some documents and other important papers were recovered from them. The police will verify the papers and will begin investigations into the case.”
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently that her government would never allow the country’s soil to be used by any terrorist organization under its “zero tolerance policy”. However, terrorist organizations like JMB and ISBD remain a significant threat to Indian national security as these foreign terrorist organizations tend to infiltrate India, easily blends into the society and recruit youth. Sheikh Hasina’s statement could look promising as Indian government already issued a zero-tolerance policy against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations since Pulwama attack.
Most of the terrorist attacks carried out on Indian soil are by foreign attackers affiliated with either Pakistan-based or Bangladesh-based outfit. Last month, a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Twelve days later, India under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi launched air strikes against JeM training camp in Pakistan. The incident led to flaring up of tensions between India and Pakistan and showcased India’s competence to eradicate terrorist groups even on the foreign ground.
Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced the country’s intent to completely shut its borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh as terrorists from the bordering countries try to penetrate India. In this and various other counter-terrorism cases, terrorists had illegally entered the country without any legal documents, have planned and executed attacks on Indian soil as well as help spread radicalization to recruit Muslim youth into the outfit.
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