A high alert has been sounded in West Bengal, especially along the 856-km long border with Bangladesh after the terrorist attack in a restaurant in Dhaka.
It is reported that Home ministry sent a memo to the Chief Secretary and Home Secretary detailing reports of possible terror attacks in the state by Islamic terror groups like Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JuMB) and Ansarullah Bangla Team.
After the attack, the BSF sealed the 2,300 km-long porous border with Bangladesh and intensified patrolling using speed boats in the riverine areas.
A top official told PTI, “As soon as the report of terrorist attack in Dhaka was received here, BSF and all other security forces including state police, were alerted so that no unwanted element could cross the border to enter in Indian territory.”
However, before the attack in Dhaka, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had warned the North 24 Parganas administration on infiltration.
“What are you doing? Infiltration is increasing, law and order has touched a low, anti-socials are moving freely. I won’t tolerate this. Arrest them. Don’t see their political affiliation,” she told the district administration after a review meeting.
West Bengal’s 2,200 km porous border with Bangladesh over 10 districts has been a problem.