From across another border, a new terror threat emerges
The list of serious threats to India’s security has a new addition: Bangladesh-based terror outfit Harkat-ul-Jehad Islami (HuJI). The Ministry of Home Affairs admitted in its 2007-08 report that, on India’s security radar, the outfit now shares space with Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
The 167-page report of the ministry — covering the departments of internal security, home, Jammu & Kashmir affairs and border management — was tabled during the recently concluded Budget session of Parliament. A copy of the report is available with the Hindustan Times.
According to the report: “The hand of Pakistan-based terrorist organisations LeT and JeM and, increasingly of the Bangladesh-based HuJI, who in turn, are known to have close links with ISI has been observed…”
The ministry believes that HuJI was involved in at least six acts of terror carried out with logistical support from the LeT, JeM and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in different parts of India.
The report added: “Such groups have been using sleeper cells in the country to carry out such activities and have also been using the territory of other neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal.”
Links between HuJI and the underworld were established during the 2007 twin blasts in Hyderabad.
In its report, the ministry officially recorded for the first time the “linkages between terrorism, including terrorist financing, and organised crime syndicates indulging in crimes such as drug and arms trafficking, extortion, smuggling of counterfeit currency.”
In a move to counter the threat, the government suggested amendments to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 “to bring within its purview all offences related to terrorism and terrorist financing as defined under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967,” the reports stated.