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Was Bodh Gaya revenge for attacks on Rohingya Muslims?

Shishir Gupta and Jatin Anand, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 08, 2013
First Published: 00:25 IST(8/7/2013) | Last Updated: 09:30 IST(8/7/2013)

Intelligence agencies of the US, Bangladesh and Singapore gathered information about the training of Rohingya Muslim radicals in a Lashkar-e-Taiba camp in Pakistan in May 2012, top government sources said, even as R&AW has identified Rohingya-Buddhist violence in Myanmar as an emerging counter-terrorism challenge.

The R&AW (Research and Analysis Wing) note circulated to the highest levels in the government in January indicated the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was trying to establish a toehold in Myanmar’s Arakan area by building a forum called Difa e Musalman Arakan (Burma) and mobilising a cadre to fight the Myanmar government.

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The note spelt out the links between Rohingya radicals with terrorist groups like the LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) of Pakistan, and Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami and Jamaat-e-Mujahideen of Bangladesh.

The note said LeT leaders including Hafiz Saeed were discussing plans to target Myanmar because they felt that the government there was responsible for the plight of Muslims in that country.

Three forces inimical to India — Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, LeT and JeM — had stepped up operations in the Rohingya belt of Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts and a new organisation called Jammat-ul-Arakan had been floated by the extremists, who were running training camps in remote Bandarban district of Bangladesh, adjoining Myanmar.

The note added that Rohingya radicals were receiving funds mainly from Saudi Arabia and training from Pakistan-based operatives, and weapons were being sourced from Thailand.

Intelligence agencies of the US, Bangladesh and Singapore gathered information about the training of Rohingya Muslim radicals in a Lashkar-e-Taiba camp in Pakistan last May, top government sources said, even as R&AW has identified Rohingya-Buddhist violence in Myanmar as an emerging counter-terrorism challenge.

The R&AW (Research and Analysis Wing) note circulated to the highest levels in the government in January indicated the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was trying to establish a toehold in Myanmar’s Arakan area by building a forum called Difa e Musalman Arakan (Burma) and mobilising a cadre to fight the Myanmar government.

The note spelt out the links between Rohingya radicals with terrorist groups like the LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) of Pakistan, and Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami and Jamaat-e-Mujahideen of Bangladesh.

The note said LeT leaders including Hafiz Saeed were discussing plans to target Myanmar because they felt that the government there was responsible for the plight of Muslims in that country.

Three forces inimical to India — Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, LeT and JeM — had stepped up operations in the Rohingya belt of Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts and a new organisation called Jammat-ul-Arakan had been floated by the extremists, who were running training camps in remote Bandarban district of Bangladesh, adjoining Myanmar.

The note added that Rohingya radicals were receiving funds mainly from Saudi Arabia and training from Pakistan-based operatives, and weapons were being sourced from Thailand.

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From Myanmar to Hyderabad
Hyderabad: Faced with persecution in Myanmar, hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in Hyderabad, apart from several other Indian cities. The trickling of the Rohingyas to the southern city began in 2012 and reports say there could be more than 1,200 Rohingyas in Hyderabad now — in parts of the old city — with most of them engaged in petty jobs.

Meanwhile, police officials in Andhra Pradesh said no link had been established to link the Bodhgaya blasts and those in Hyderabad in February. “We have not come across any such connection. Any comment now would be totally premature,” an intelligence official told HT.

hyderabad: Faced with persecution in Myanmar, hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in Hyderabad, apart from several other Indian cities. The trickling of the Rohingyas to the southern city began in 2012 and reports say there could be more than 1,200 Rohingyas in Hyderabad now — in parts of the old city — with most of them engaged in petty jobs.

Meanwhile, police officials in Andhra Pradesh said no link had been established to link the Bodhgaya blasts and those in Hyderabad in February. “We have not come across any such connection. Any comment now would be totally premature,” an intelligence official told HT.


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