The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the Burdwan blast case, is looking at the possibility of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) receiving help from Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for the former’s operations in India.
However, the agency still has no evidence of a direct role of the ISI in the Burdwan blast case and the JMB conspiracy in India.
“The JMB founder’s son is based in Pakistan, as are several members of the outfit. JMB does have the backing of the ISI, especially in terms of financial support,” said an NIA source.
The agency will file a supplementary chargesheet in the case to present additional evidence gleaned from the last three arrests in the case, sources said. “We will definitely be filing a supplementary chargesheet in the case. Another aspect that the supplementary chargesheet will look into the is funding of JMB’s operations in India,” another NIA officer said.
NIA sources said their probe revealed that the JMB intended to target Bodo leaders in Assam for violence against Muslims in the Bodoland Territorial Area District, and that photographs of Bodo leaders were seized from JMB members. The IEDs were also recovered from the members of the banned Bangaldesh outfit in Assam, NIA officers pointed out.
Officers probing the case also pointed to the links between JMB and cadres of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, which was founded in Jerusalem in 1953 and banned in Bangladesh in 2009.
“The aim of both the organisations is to establish a Caliphate. The Hizb-ut-Tahir aims at radicalisation of the existing power structure in a country by cultivating people in its army or political organisations, with the objective that power will ultimately be transferred to it,” said an NIA officer.
They said the “most dangerous aspect” of the Burdwan blast probe was “that it unearthed a plot in which madrasas had a direct role as they became terror centres for bomb making and weapons training, and that women recruits were radicalised and trained to a very advanced degree”.
THE 21 ACCUSED
* NADIA : Gulsona Biwi alias Rajiya Biwi, wife of Shakil Gazi;
Gias Udin Munshi
* MURSHIDABAD : Alima Biwi alias Amina Bibi, wife of Abdul Hakim; Habibur Rehman, Mofazzul Ali, Sheikh Rahamatullah alias Sajid
* BIRBHUM : Abdul Hakim, Amjad Ali Sheikh, Faijul Haque, Kadar Kazi, Habibur Rehman
* MALDA : Ziaul Haque
* BURDWAN : Rezaul Karim, Mohammed Yusuf alias Maulana Yusuf, Burhan Sheikh, Abul Kalam
* ASSAM : Mohammed Sahanur Alam, Shaikul Islam Khan Barpeta
* BANGLADESHI NATIONALS : Talah Sheikh, Kausar, Nasirullah alias Sahadat Sheikh Shakil Gazi, the fourth Bangladeshi national, had died in the blast on October 2, last year.
* Sections 16, 17, 18, 20 of UAPA
* Section 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 of IPC
* Section 25 of Arms Act
* Section 5 of Explosives Act
* Section 12 of Passport Act
* Section 14 of Foreigner’s Act
Sections 121 to 130 of the IPC dealing with waging war, attempting to wage war or abetting waging war against