According to a news report, the threat to India from ISIS may well come from the eastern border. A terrorist organisation named the Jamaat-Ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or JMB, which organised the Dhaka Bakery Attack and aims to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country, has been in constant touch with the ISIS to create terror in India.
The threat to India from the eastern border was revealed when Mohammad Mosiuddin was arrested last year in Burdwan in West Bengal. Mosiuddin otherwise known as Musa was the mastermind in orchestrating the Burdwan blast, revealed that his terror plans go beyond targeting foreigners at Kolkata’s Motherhouse and lone wolf attacks on foreign tourists in Srinagar. The group has been in constant touch with ISIS and plans to replicate in South Asia what the ISIS has done in the Middle East.
The JMB operative’s close links to the mastermind of the Dhaka Bakery terror attack and the ISIS could open a new front.
“They want to first capture Bangladesh and set up an Islamist state there. Then they want to expand their Islamist state in the neighbourhood. Something like what Taliban thought about, what Al-Qaeda thought about or what the ISIS is thinking about,” Professor N Manoharan told NDTV. Manhoran is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Studies and History at Bengaluru’s Christ University.
JMB plans to publicise the presence of the ISIS in India and recruit for the group. It also plans to have a partnership with the Pakistan-based groups like Lashkar-e-taiba and Jaish-e-Mujahideen to terror the eastern and southern India, according to a report.
The aim of the group is to help spread Salafist Islam in states like Bihar and Bengal. “They want to start with Bangladesh and they want to expand this Darool Islam to the wider region and link up with other groups,” added Manoharan.
Earlier this year, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Modi discussed the common threat from terrorism, when Sheikh Hasina visited Delhi. Both leaders decided to tackle the menace together.
“This is a decision which is taken at the highest level. We are trying to translate the vision of the Prime Ministers of both countries. We are getting huge support from the Bangladesh side,” said the senior officer of Border Security Force PSR Anjaneyulu.