Yet again, Bangladesh has resisted joint border patrols with India. Given that these patrols were expected to target terrorists on both sides of the border, Bangladesh’s refusal to cooperate suggests where its sympathies lie.
The size of the arms shipment seized in Bangladesh indicates that the stakes can get much higher if Bangladesh does not stop adopting its ostrich-like attitude to terrorist activities inside its territory.
Take, for instance, the April 2, 2004, arms seizure near the Chittagong Port in southern Bangladesh. Well placed Indian intelligence sources disclose that the cache comprised 1,790 rifles, that included Uzi sub-machine guns and those of the AK series, 150 rocket launchers, 840 rockets, 2,700 grenades and more than one million rounds of ammunition. These weapons were being put onto ten trucks after being unloaded in the eastern bank of the Karnafully river from two trawlers that originated in Malaysia. According to local media reports in Guwahati, capital of Northeastern India’s Assam state, the trawlers are owned by the brother of a ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader [Wasbir Hussain/SATP]