Thursday, January 26, 2006

Bangladeshi jihadist detained in India

Bangladeshi terrorists nabbed before Indian Republic Day

New Delhi: Two Bangladeshi nationals belonging to the Harkat-ul Jehad Islami (HUJI) militant outfit, allegedly sent by Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) to disrupt Republic Day celebrations were arrested Tuesday by the Delhi Police.

The duo, Saidul and Sohed-Ul, in their thirties were cousins and were arrested from Shastri Park in northeast Delhi late Tuesday night. Police seized 1.4 kg RDX, two hand grenades and four detonators from them, Karnail Singh, joint commissioner Special Cell said.

The two disclosed that they had gone to deliver an arms consignment to another terrorist Saeed Bhai. The police team that lay in wait, nabbed them when they were returning as no one turned up to collect the consignment.

Investigations revealed that they had received training in Balochistan, Pakistan from the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

"The two had entered India from Bangladesh six months ago and disguised themselves as scrap dealers," Singh said. He added that they had been staying in Delhi for the past two months.

Three more people were trained with them, but police are not clear about their whereabouts. The arrested militants had also admitted killing a Bangladeshi officer of the armed forces and the Bangladeshi officials had been informed about the arrests.

Singh said that in the past few months, terrorists and their mentors have started using Bangladesh to enter India because it has become difficult for them to enter from Jammu and Kashmir.

"They have formed bases in Bangladesh where they are trained and sent to India," he said. Singh added that both Bangladeshi nationals and Indians had received training in these camps and the terrorists were trying to take advantage of the porous border in that area to infiltrate.

The HUJI to which the duo belonged is an offshoot of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

Singh said that a month back, Delhi Police had also interrogated three Bangladeshi terrorists from West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

Last year, security forces had busted 52 terror modules across India while Delhi Police had nabbed 41 terrorists. #