Dawood’s guns for Bangladeshi jihadis

India failed to prevent the transaction and to interdict the shipment.

The Times of India reports on a disturbing new development — Pakistani and Bangladeshi intelligence have arranged, through Dawood Ibrahim, massive shipments of small arms for Bangladeshi jihadi groups.

Reports of a recent secret meeting between absconding underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and two high-profile Bangladeshis — one, an extremely powerful young politician belonging to the ruling alliance and the other, a top national security intelligence officer — in Dubai have sent both Indian and Western intelligence agencies into a tizzy.

The meeting led to prompt results. On April 16, a commander of the banned Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (Huji) of Chittagong received a consignment of arms explosives that reached Chittagong port.

On May 16, a large consignment of arms — certainly not meant for security forces — was brought in at an air force base near Dhaka by a Kuwaiti C-130 aircraft. The whole operation, being highly secretive in nature, was supervised by the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence. Investigations reveal that a Kuwaiti NGO Al-Harmain (a banned organisation having links with Al-Qaida) was the funding agency for the arms transshipment for Bangladeshi terrorists.[TOI]

According to this report more such shipments are on the cards. If true, these reports indicate a major lapse on the part of India’s intelligence agencies. They failed to both preventing the transaction and interdict the shipments before they reached the recipients. This was not, however, simply a deal between two underground organisations. A C-130 could not have landed in Bangladesh without the involvement of Bangladeshi authorities. But the interdiction of arms at Chittagong in 2004 and increasing evidence of involvement of Bangladeshi nationals in terrorist attacks in India rightly calls for greater vigilance, and for pre-emption.

7 thoughts on “Dawood’s guns for Bangladeshi jihadis”

  1. RS,

    True. I think what Nitin was pointing out was how we should be careful against the Bangladesh government. It is playing a double game.

  2. Bangladesh was a great friend of ours but when the new governemnt under khaleda begum came into power the situation has changed.The new government of bangladesh is infested with pro jehadi elements who seems to be still looking forward to pakistan as a warrior against the infidels.Day after day these rabid loons are becoming more and more annoying.

  3. Just as US invaded Iraq to pre-empt any terrorism against itself, India should invade and occupy BD to ensure a fair and democratic society is established there.

  4. First of all we should form a task force to remove the illegal Bangladeshis from PDMello Road at Mumbai, Nerul in New Bombay & Malvani. These Bangladeshis are labourers by day and RDX couriers by night.

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