Friday, November 28, 2014


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Jitters over calls to ISIS from Kolkata

KOLKATA: Sleuths claim that they have information of calls from Kolkata to a suspected operative of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in a West Asian country in the last few weeks. The calls were allegedly made after the blast in Burdwan and the ISIS operative is said to have expressed his displeasure at the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) module blowing its cover in
the state.

"The calls were very cleverly routed and we will require more time to trace the caller in Kolkata. The person at the other end of the line seems to be the one who is in charge of recruitment of Indians into the ISIS. Much before the blast at Khagragarh, the Mumbai ATS had traced a man in
Sharjah who is in charge of
the recruitment of Indians. Some youths from Maharashtra are suspected to have slipped into Bangladesh through West Bengal to join the ISIS," said a central intelligence agency source.

"The JMB is suspected to have facilitated this movement both in Bangladesh and West Bengal. In the last few months, youths from Hyderabad — including some women — were apprehended in West Bengal while trying to enter Bangladesh. They said that they planned to join the ISIS. The youths were taken back to Hyderabad and counselled," the source added.

It is not a secret that the JMB in Bangladesh has links with the ISIS, but the calls from Kolkata have established that operatives in West Bengal are also part of the whole plan.

Experts in the intelligence fraternity say that it is from the ISIS that the JMB picked up the concept of an Islamic state or Caliphate in Bangladesh extending to parts of Bengal.

"It is a matter of concern that the ISIS is monitoring developments in India. This proves that it has plans for India as well. There has been some indoctrination about ISIS among youths in the bordering districts of Malda, Murshidabad and Nadia. JMB believes that it will succeed in including these districts in the Caliphate," the source said.

"It is unfortunate that some people fail to see the true picture but the danger is very real. The first part of the plan will be to create severe chaos in Bangladesh and get a section of military officers, both serving and retired, to stage a coup. The next part is to fan the flames of fundamentalism to such an extent that the heat is felt across the border in India. JMB will then turn its attention to India, particularly Bengal. There are several JMB modules operating in the state. They are working independent of each other with the sole objective of creating an army to rise in favour of a religious state," he added.
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