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End cross-border infiltration, India tells Bangladesh

india Updated: Jun 03, 2008 20:47 IST
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With investigations in the Jaipur serial blasts indicating links to Bangladesh, New Delhi has pressed Dhaka to end cross-border infiltration and launch a crackdown on anti-India elements operating from its soil.

At a meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) here, serious concern was expressed over "continuous flow of illegal immigrants" from Bangladesh in the backdrop of the recent terror attack in Jaipur in which over 60 people were killed last month.

The meeting of the JWG last weekend was held after five years. The Indian side was led by Joint Secretary (North East) in the Union Home Ministry, Naveen Verma while the Bangladeshi team was headed by that country's Joint Secretary (Political) M H Chowdhury.

India and Bangladesh have a three-tier mechanism with one at the Home Secretary level and another at the level of BSF and BDR, besides the JWG which had last met in 2003.

Sources said India's concern over infiltration from Bangladesh side came in the wake of intelligence inputs that the banned Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HuJI), operating from Bangladesh, could be behind the serial blasts that rocked the tourist city on May 13.

Reports say HuJI has managed to establish cells in Rajasthan and that the outfit was responsible for previous major terror attacks including the New Year eve attack on CRPF camp in Rampur and serial blasts three other places in Uttar Pradesh. The HuJI outfit was also suspected to be behind the blast at the Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer last year.

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