Sunday, May 18, 2008

India's porous border, HuJI's lifeline (CNN - Special)

Guwahati: With Bangladesh-based terror outfit HuJI under scanner for carrying out the Jaipur blasts, Assam’s porous border has become the focus of intelligence agencies.

Experts say the India-Bangladesh border has been providing militants easy passage into India for a long time. Even the use of bicycle bombs is a terror strategy common to the attacks in the Northeast.

"Through these porous borders, along with illegal Bangladeshis, the Jehadis, the ISI agents and the HuJI terrorists are entering into India. They are roaming in Assam and throughout the country,” says Advisor, AASU, Samujjwal Bhattacharya.

There are at least 30 militant groups in the Northeast. Many reportedly have camps in Bangladesh and the leaders of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) are allegedly hiding somewhere in Dhaka.

However, these groups often do not share Islamist militancy ideologies.

In 2002, nine of these fundamentalist groups including the HuJI formed the Bangladesh Islamic Manch. Many Indian militant groups in the Northeast are being provided with logistical support by the HuJI and other elements inside Bangladesh.

So if the HuJI demands support in return, groups within Northeast will be obliged to assist them.
"It has to be reciprocal for each other. So when you look at northeast militant groups whether Bodoland or ULFA at different stages of time they are taking shelter in different areas," says Prof Anuradha Dutta of Peace Studies, OKDI.

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