ISIS on the Rise in Bangladesh is Bad News For India

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Monday, July 4, 2016

NEW DELHI – The Indian security establishment is completely shaken post the terror attack in Dhaka. With Friday night's hostage crisis "homegrown" terror is back in focus. If nothing, the terror attack inside the heart of diplomatic capital has confirmed India's worst fears about the eastern neighbor.

Monday, July 4, 2016

NEW DELHI – The Indian security establishment is completely shaken post the terror attack in Dhaka. With Friday night's hostage crisis "homegrown" terror is back in focus. If nothing, the terror attack inside the heart of diplomatic capital has confirmed India's worst fears about the eastern neighbor.

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa. (File picture)

Bangladesh could become another Pakistan one day and the Islamic State might use it to launch similar attacks in India.

The theory holds more weight considering the fact that the border on the Eastern side is porous. The ISIS cadres of Wilayat Khurasan from Afghanistan – Pakistan could attack India from the West.

In a recent interview Wilayat Khurasan has also claimed that ISIS would be taking help of local Mujahideen in India for launching such guerrilla attacks.

In the same interview he also declared that Hindus will be the main target, adding that Sharia can't be achieved in Bangladesh until local Hindus are targeted and large scale religious polarization is created in the region.

He said that Hindus in Bangladesh are active in creating the anti-Islamic propaganda and they occupy high positions in police and intelligence in the ruling Sheikh Hasina government. He has vowed to topple the Hasina government and establish the so-called caliphate as ISIS dislikes Hasina's pro-India stance.

ISIS & BANGLADESH

Post September 2015 there has been a spike in ISIS activities in Bangladesh. Old extremist groups and inactive cadres in Bangladesh have returned to establish their links with ISIS.

According to intelligence reports Jammat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh(JMB) and Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) are also in touch with ISIS. JMB's involvement in the 2014 Burdwan incident is well known and the fact that they managed to recruit and train youth from Assam cannot be ignored.

Around 33 militants have been arrested since Oct 2015, the latest being the 11 arrests made by NIA from Hyderabad on June 27.

The ISIS has tried to broaden its propaganda in Bangladesh through the use of Bengali language.

Media reports clearly suggest that Bangladesh is an important area for them and they are keen on targeting the Muslims converting to Christianity, Sufism, Ahmediyas etc. The ISIS has also been able to get some local cadres in Bangladesh, but the total number is still small and lacks the strength to take on the state's military.

Intelligence sources also point to the recent attacks which are against religious minority Hindus giving a clear idea that they want to capture the properties owned by them.

Recent attacks by ISIS in Bangladesh-

  • Nov 2014-A professor Shafiul Islam. Tamim Al Adnani is acting Chief of Ansarullah Bangla Team.
  • Aug 2015-ISIS claimed responsibility for killing blogger Niladri Chatterjee.
  • Sep 28 2015-Killing of Italian National Ceaser Tavella
  • Oct 2015-ISIS claimed resoponsibility of killing publisher Faizal Abediy Dipon
  • Oct 03,2015-Killing of Japanease national Kunio Hoshi
  • Oct 05,2015-Attempted murder of Bangladesh citizen Luke Sarkar a Christian.
  • Oct 24,2015-Shia Festival Ashura was attacked in Dhaka in which two people were killed.
  • Nov 04,2015-Attack on Police checkpost on Nov 4, 2015
  • Dec 25,2015-Attempted suicidal attack on Ahmedia mosque in Rajshahi district.
  • Feb 8,2016-Murder of Hindu merchant Tarun Dutta.
  • Feb 2016-ISIS stabbed Christian conver in Jhenaidah district.
  • Feb 21,2016-Hindu priest Jaganeshwar Roy of Devigard temple was killed.
  • March 22,2016-Hossain Ali a Christian conver was killed in Kushigram distric. He was freedom fighter took part in 1971 war.
  • March 15,2016-ISIS claimed responsibility of killing og homeopathic doctor Abdur Razizaque in Jhenaidah distict.
  • April 2,2016- JMB module accidental blast in Bogra district.
  • April 06,2016-26 years old law student was stabbed to death. His name was in the hit list of Bangladeshi bloggers prepared by ISIS in 2013. Later Ansal Ul Islam took responsibility of his death. Killed to teach lesson to blasphemers.
  • April 23,2016-ISIS killed Rezoul Kanian Siddique professor of English department of Rajshahi University in NW Bangladesh. ISIS claimed to killed him for calling people to atheism.
  • April 25,2016-AUI killed Xullahz Mannan the editor of LGBT magazine( Only magazine for lesbian ,gays and bisexual).
  • April 30,2016-Nikhil Chandra was killed for insulting prophet and for making derogatory remarks against prophet 4 years back.
  • May 15,2016-Homeopathic doctor Shanaur Rehmnan was killed for his called to Christianity.
  • May 20,2016-Professor of Kushtia Islamic University injured in Kushtia.
  • May 25,2016- Hindu Businessman Debashis Chandra was killed
  • June 5,2016-Christian businessman Sunil Gomes was hacked to death in Notore district.
  • June 05,2016-Mahmuda Aktar wife of local SP who led drive against JMB militants and drugs was stabbed to death in Chittagong when was on her way to drop her 6 year old son.
  • June07,2016-Anand Gopal ganguly a 70 years old Westren Hindu preiset was hacked to death in Noldonga village.
  • June 09,2016-Nitya Rajan Pande a Hindu ashram worker was hacked to death in Pabna district.

Courtesy: News18

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