Bangladesh-base terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JuM) is spreading their area of operations in India and are entering into the country in Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala disguised as Bangladeshi migrants, according to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Director YC Modi.
Addressing the chiefs of Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Special Task Force (STF) at the two-day NIA’s national conference, Modi said, “NIA has noticed that Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has increased its activities in Bihar, Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka among others in the name of Bangladeshis. The NIA has also identified 125 suspicious names of JNB workers and shared them with other agencies.”
National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Minister of State (MoS) Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy presided over the conference. Former IB Special Director and present Nagaland Governor RN Ravi was also present at the meeting.
YC Modi also praised the NIA’s work and said, “In a very short period the NIA has done excellent work on terror funding, Naxalism, North-East insurgency to registered cases and our success ratio is more than 90 percent.”
“I fell very proud that NIA and state police have very cordial relation due to which we were able to foil terrorist plans a number of times,” he added.
Amidst other issues, The NIA DG also showed concerns about the rising activity of some state groups.
According to Inspector-general (IG) NIA, Alok Mittal, many chiefs of these illegal organisations and leaders of extremist groups had been found guilty and arrested for facilitating terror funding from across the border.
“In the main case of terror funding in Jammu and Kashmir, chiefs of proscribed organizations and top separatist leaders have been arrested and charge-sheeted. None have got bail so far. They were being funded from Pakistan High Commission, through remittances and hawala transfers,” Mittal said.
He further said that outfits from Pakistan were trying to revive terrorism in Punjab and those arrested in targeted murder cases are found to be linked with the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF).
“There have been continuous efforts from across the border to revive terror activities in Punjab. Out of 16 arrested for targeted killings in eight cases, the Khalistan Liberation Force was found to be involved. Funds from UK, Italy, France and Australia were sent for this,” Mittal said.
“We have registered fresh case based on anti-India activities of Sikhs for Justice, they are running a campaign on social media and trying to radicalize Sikh youth. 5 arrested in UP’s Shamli last year admitted they were radicalized through ‘Referendum 2020’ propaganda,” He added.
NIA is India’s premier investigation agency, dedicated to creating deterrence for existing and potential terror outfits and individuals.