The Bangladesh JMB terrorist team expands its presence in India: NIA

NEW DELHI: The Bangladeshi terrorist team Jamaat-ul Mujahideen (JMB), banned by India in May this year, is expanding its presence in Assam, Odisha and Jharkhand, in addition to establishing new bases in Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala, National Investigation Agency head (NIA), YC Modi, said Monday.

A list of 125 suspected members of JMB has been distributed to the states involved, he said in his speech at the opening session of a two-day conference of heads of anti-terrorist squads and special groups of the state police.

NIA Inspector General Alok Mittal said that JMB, linked to the 2014 Burdwan explosions and the Bodh Gaya explosion last year, had established 20-22 hiding places in Bangalore and attempted to extend its bases in the south of the India between 2014 and 2018. He said that JMB even conducted a rocket launcher test on the Krishnagiri hills along the Karnataka border and planned to attack Buddhist temples to avenge the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

On cases involving young Indians influenced by the Islamic State, Mittal said that NIA had registered 28 such cases since 2014 and arrested 127 people from 14 states. Top the list with 33 arrests.

“During the investigation of the different modules, several arrested people confessed that they were radicalized by the hate speeches of Zakir Naik, who is in Malaysia. NIA has already issued LR () for interrogation, ”said the IG.

Referring to the attempts to revive terrorism In Punjab, Mittal said the banned team, the Jalistan Liberation Force, has been conspiring to alter the law and community order and harmony in the state with the support of the border and with funds from countries like the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Australia. A KLF link was found in the 8 targeted killings in Punjab, for which the NIA has so far arrested 16 suspects.

Mittal said that NIA has registered a new case related to the anti-Indian activities of the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) team based abroad, which has been radicalizing young Sikhs through a pro-Khalistan campaign on social networks entitled Referendum 2020. SFJ was recently banned by the home ministry as an illegal association.