Monday, 11 July 2016

ISIS, JMB Recruiting Youths in WB Border Districts: Police

ISIS, JMB Recruiting Youths in WB Border Districts: Police

July 11, 2016, 12:31 pm

Unemployed youths, primarily from the Muslim community, are being roped in by terror groups like ISIS and JMB to expand their networks in border districts of West Bengal. Jamaatul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has been targeting these youths and ISIS too could be following its tactics.

The recent arrest of 25-year-old Mohammed Musiruddin has exposed the presence of the terror group in the state, particularly in the districts bordering Bangladesh, including Burdwan, Murshidabad and Birbhum, a top CID official of West Bengal said on the condition of anonymity.
The group (JMB) has also spread in different pockets of the city, the official said, describing the Khagragarh blast in 2014 as a clinching proof of the existence of its bases in the state. Even NIA, in its supplementary charge sheet in connection with the Khagragarh blast, had claimed that JMB had been recruiting youths from the border districts of West Bengal.
The official described the recruitment process thus:
Unemployed youths are the main targets of terror groups. JMB had been doing that and the ISIS has started the same process. They have handlers who supervise one to two districts and keep a tab on educated but unemployed youths including girls in the age group of 16-30 years, preferably from the Muslim community. The brainwashing starts from the first meeting which helps them convince the youth to join the group. And from there, they are moved to the training camps in the bordering districts

ISIS, JMB are one

Intelligence Bureau officials say that the ISIS tapped the JMB due the large network the group has in Bangladesh and India. The ISIS inspires and funds the attacks to be carried out by the JMB. It is a worrisome situation as the network of the JMB is deeply infested in India, the IB says.

The extent of the network laid out by the JMB was witnessed after the Burdhwan blast probe. Nearly 500 of its operatives were active in Bengal and Assam, the probe found.

In the probe it was also found that several bombs were being prepared in the bomb factories of Bengal. The same was meant to be transported to Bangladesh where a series of blasts were meant to be triggered off.
Officials say that the JMB-ISI nexus is not restricted to Bengal and Assam alone. They have a strong network in these states, but were planning on expanding operations into Jammu and Kashmir as well. A major operation was being planned in Srinagar.

One of the operatives was asked to carry out a reconnaissance at Dal Lake. The ISIS was happy with the plan of carrying out a stabbing attack on foreigners at the Dal Lake. However, the operation was foiled thanks to the security agencies.

Officials say that there would be more attempts to create a network in J&K. IB officials have advised high alert since operatives of the ISIS and the JMB may also try to take advantage of the unrest that is prevalent in the Valley today.

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