India, Bangladesh to work together to address Dhaka’s fears

  • Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 12, 2014 00:20 IST

The government has agreed for greater cooperation with Bangladesh regarding its concern over the reported activities of groups like the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) using India as a base.

The outfit was banned by the Bangladeshi government in 2005. The neighbouring country has also expressed its concern over the sources of funding for group.

Sources familiar with these developments told HT that security-cooperation with Bangladesh remains a top priority for the NDA government and both sides have long been ‘sensitive’ to each other’s concerns.

The greater concern for Dhaka is the blast in which two suspected militants — Shakil Ahmed and Sovan Mandal — were killed and another person Hasan Saheb was injured in a house at Khagragarh in Burdwan, West Bengal, on October 2. The Centre has handed over the probe of the incident over to National Investigative Agency, in a suo-moto decision.

Dhaka has already sought details into the probe from India through diplomatic channels, which it believes will help understand the activities of the JMB. Dhaka has fears that the group could be using Indian territory for furthering its cause of ‘de-stabilising Bangladesh’.

New Delhi will hand over details of the probe once the investigation is over and will also act on any ‘specific request’ that has security implications, sources said.

Although, sources admit in some cases it ‘takes more than mere suspicions’ to arrive at any definite conclusions. But the neighbour feels that following the crackdown in Bangladesh, some elements from these outfits could have found the ‘easy way into West Bengal’.

Dhaka had also expressed concerns over money from the Saradha chit fund scam being funnelled into the Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh.

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