GUWAHATI, Sept 28 - The security agencies of India and Bangladesh are sharing all available intelligence inputs on the activities of the terrorist outfits on day to day basis and the move is yielding the desired results as a number of activists of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) members have been apprehended on the basis of such inputs.
Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that though Pakistan backed terrorist groups like the Laskar-e-Toiba (LeT) do not have strong bases in Bangladesh at present, the disturbing fact is that the Islamic State (IS) has managed to establish its foothold in the neighbouring country with the help of a faction of the JMB, which is a cause of concern for India.
Sources said that according to information available with the Indian security agencies, a faction of the JMB has shifted its allegiance to the IS and the Government of Bangladesh term the members of that faction as the �New JMB�. This is also a matter of concern for India as the possibility of the IS backed outfit trying to expand its base to the Northeast and West Bengal cannot be ruled out. Sources pointed out that the JMB has always been trying to establish its bases in India, particularly in Assam and West Bengal, which was proved by arrests of a number of members of the outfit in both the states. But if the members of the IS-backed faction of the JMB also manage to sneak into India by taking advantage of the porous international border, it would pose a serious security threat to India, sources admitted.
Sources revealed that so far, there is no evidence to prove that any faction of the JMB has the backing of Pakistan. Fortunately for India, during the tenure of the present government in Bangladesh, the Pakistan backed terror groups have lost most of their bases because of the crackdown launched by the Bangladeshi security forces. Of course, some elements of such outfits may still be in Bangladesh, but they do not have the strength to cause trouble for India, sources added. Security sources pointed out that during the tenure of the BNP-led government in Bangladesh, outfits like the LeT had strong bases in that country and posed a serious security threat to India�s eastern part. But the situation has now totally changed and day to day sharing of information by the security agencies of both the countries and the massive crackdown launched against the ultras in Bangladesh reduced the threat to eastern India by a great extent, sources added.