According to TOI, the Bangladeshi government warned the Indian home ministry that around 2,010 Harkat-ul-Jihadi al-Islami (HuJI) and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives entered West Bengal, Assam and Tripura.
Two Bangladeshi women climb the border wall with India to enter illegally. Gaël Turine/Agence VU’
The report has obviously alarmed the Indian government especially because the NIA has discovered the JMB hand in the 2014 Burdwan blast in West Bengal.
And while the Assam government has accepted that there has been an increase in terror activities in the state, the Bengal government has expressed skepticism over the report.
“We are trying to gather information to confirm the veracity of the report,” a senior Bengal home department official was quoted as saying by TOI.
This photo from 2015 shows suspected JMB operatives arrested by the Dhaka police. BenarNews
The report also says that JMB secretary Sajjad Hussain alias Iftadur Rehman entered India on January 12 on a fake passport and met other jihadis in Bengal and Assam. At the same time a meeting between HuJI and JMB leaders and the connections in Bengal, Assam and Delhi was held on January 18 in Mymensingh district of Bangladesh.
The JMB was responsible for the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Dhaka last year and is inclined to the Islamic State.
The Holey Artisan Bakery after Bangladesh’s RAB stormed the compound and killed the terrorists. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
India shares a 4,096-kilometre-long international border, which is the fifth-longest land border in the world. But much of this border is either unfenced or riverine, making it very difficult to be manned.
What adds to the problem is the fact that the Bengal government, especially, does precious little to check the rampant growth of jihadist elements in the state. Under the guise of secularism, the state government often ignores the increasing Islamic radicalism in the state which directly feeds the jihadist ideology.
The jihadis not only pose a threat to the secular and democratically elected Government of Bangladesh but also India.