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Independence Day: India must remain alert as arrests of Bangladeshi terror operatives, ISI agent raise suspicions

As 15 August approaches, we are seeing a number of disturbing developments that could disrupt the peace and tranquility in the country. While intelligence agencies may not perceive any specific threats, when pieced together, the recent arrests of Bangladeshi extremists call for extra vigil and alertness along the border and in India, so as to maintain a secure environment especially in the view of the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.

On August 10, the Delhi police arrested Raza Ul Ahmed, an Al-Qaeda operative who was trying to escape to Nepal. Copious amount of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) was recovered from his possession. Preliminary investigations have revealed that Ahmed, a Bangladeshi citizen, is wanted by West Bengal Police. More importantly, he is believed to be a member and activist of the Ansarullah Bangla Team.

An extremist organisation from Bangladesh, Ansarullah Bangla Team went on a killing spree from 2013 to 2015 in Bangladesh, terminating atheist bloggers and liberals perceived to be non-believers of Islam.

Ansarullah Bangla Team was also actively affiliated to Islami Chatra Shibir, the students’ wing of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, which not only abetted Islamic fundamentalism but also unleashed terror on those opposed to Islamic zealots. Further, ABT is believed to be the front group of Al-Qaeda in the Indian sub-continent. Their website is located in Pakistan. So, we notice a nexus between Pakistan and Bangladesh which is not at all desirable from the security point of view.

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