India Wary Of Islamic State Gaining Foothold In Bangladesh, Maldives

The volatile political situation in Maldives and the battle between secularists and radicals in neighbouring Bangladesh has set alarm bells ringing in India’s security establishment.

According to IB Times, intelligence officials have said that around 250 Maldivians have left the island nation to join IS. The growing Islamic radicalism in Bangladesh is another concern for India’s security agencies.

They fear that these recruits will be trained and then sent back to wage war in their home countries and India.

Referring to Bangladesh, a report by Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) has warned that the barbaric Islamic State’s “influence is growing in that country”.


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Bangladesh is on the boil with radical Islamic elements hacking down secular bloggers in the country. The government is staring helpless.

An Italian national was gunned down in the diplomatic area of Dhaka in Bangladesh yesterday. The Islamic State claimed responsibility though the government of Sheikh Hasina said it has no evidence to confirm that.

The atmosphere in Maldives, on the other hand, is politically turbulent.

Recently, there was an explosion on a boat on which the President of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, was travelling in after his return from Hajj.

The blast injured his wife and two others.

Though the Islamic State has not yet succeeded in gaining a foothold in any of the countries, the threat nevertheless continues to exist.

IB Times reports that provincial police chief of Assam, Khagen Sarma, expressed fears during a press conference saying that the state could become a potential recruiting ground for IS terrorists.

“A lot of interest has generated in the outfit in Assam. We are alert and worried. Many people have visited the IS websites through Internet and the hits recorded by these websites indicate that it is more than curiosity,” he said.

India has successfully kept a close watch on IS activities on her soil. Security agencies have prevented many disillusion youth from either joining the terrorists’ ranks or apprehended sympathisers.

The Islamic State has stepped up its recruitment. It has managed to utilise both online and offline methods for recruiting in an effective manner. The threat to India, therefore, is potent.

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