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GUWAHATI, Oct 14 � Investigation of the Burdwan blast led to unearthing of vital information about the ways members of the militant groups manage to sneak into India from Bangladesh, which may pose a serious threat to national security if immediate measures are not taken to check such migration. Meanwhile, the investigation also revealed that youths from Assam were trained to make improvised explosive devices (IED) with locally available materials.

Highly placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told The Assam Tribune that the investigation of the Burdwan blast once again proved that �professionals� are at work on both sides of the international border to facilitate infiltration of Bangladeshi nationals into India. The touts active on both sides of the border know fully well the loopholes in the border guarding system and they also know the areas which are relatively safe for allowing infiltration. The touts are more active in West Bengal-Bangladesh border areas, while the possibility of involvement of such touts along the Assam-Bangladesh border areas cannot be ruled out. The Jamaat-ul-Mujadeedin, Bangladesh (JMB) militants who came to West Bengal to impart training to Indian youths, had also entered India with the help of such touts, sources added.

The investigation revealed that the JMB militants did not come with any arms or explosives. They came like normal infiltrators, who manage to sneak into the country regularly, and imparted training to Indian youths in three Madrassas in Burdwan and Murshidabad areas. Sources said the JMB militants trained up youths of West Bengal and Assam on making IEDs with locally available materials including ammonium nitrate.

So far, the Assam Police has arrested six persons in connection with JMB activities, of whom two are believed to be key members involved in taking youths from Barpeta district to West Bengal for training. However, two other key members are still at large and efforts are on to nab them. Sources admitted that two key members having JMB connections managed to escape when six others were picked up. However, security agencies are not sure as to how many boys from the State received training from the JMB. Sources admitted that there is very little policing in the interior areas of the State and that is why not much of input on the activities of the people of those areas is available with any security agency.

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Jihadis pose serious threat to region

GUWAHATI, Oct 14 � Investigation of the Burdwan blast led to unearthing of vital information about the ways members of the militant groups manage to sneak into India from Bangladesh, which may pose a serious threat to national security if immediate measures are not taken to check such migration. Meanwhile, the investigation also revealed that youths from Assam were trained to make improvised explosive devices (IED) with locally available materials.

Highly placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told The Assam Tribune that the investigation of the Burdwan blast once again proved that �professionals� are at work on both sides of the international border to facilitate infiltration of Bangladeshi nationals into India. The touts active on both sides of the border know fully well the loopholes in the border guarding system and they also know the areas which are relatively safe for allowing infiltration. The touts are more active in West Bengal-Bangladesh border areas, while the possibility of involvement of such touts along the Assam-Bangladesh border areas cannot be ruled out. The Jamaat-ul-Mujadeedin, Bangladesh (JMB) militants who came to West Bengal to impart training to Indian youths, had also entered India with the help of such touts, sources added.

The investigation revealed that the JMB militants did not come with any arms or explosives. They came like normal infiltrators, who manage to sneak into the country regularly, and imparted training to Indian youths in three Madrassas in Burdwan and Murshidabad areas. Sources said the JMB militants trained up youths of West Bengal and Assam on making IEDs with locally available materials including ammonium nitrate.

So far, the Assam Police has arrested six persons in connection with JMB activities, of whom two are believed to be key members involved in taking youths from Barpeta district to West Bengal for training. However, two other key members are still at large and efforts are on to nab them. Sources admitted that two key members having JMB connections managed to escape when six others were picked up. However, security agencies are not sure as to how many boys from the State received training from the JMB. Sources admitted that there is very little policing in the interior areas of the State and that is why not much of input on the activities of the people of those areas is available with any security agency.

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