NEW DELHI, Oct 14 - Indicating that Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is a threat to the nation, National Investigation Agency (NIA) Director General YC Modi on Monday said the outfit has intensified its activities in Assam, Odisha and Jharkhand, and the NIA is investigating it.
The terror group has been attempting to expand its operations across India and a list of 125 suspects has been shared with different states, Modi added.
Addressing the NIA-organised national conference of chiefs of the Anti Terrorism Squads (ATS) and Special Task Forces (STF), Modi said the Bangladesh-based outfit has spread its activities in states like Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala in the guise of Bangladeshi immigrants.
Inaugurated by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, the event was attended by Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy and Nagaland Governor RN Ravi.
Stressing upon a comprehensive approach to counter terrorism, Doval laid special emphasis on curbing terror funding.
He, however, pointed out that this would be possible only through meticulous investigation.
“In NIA’s pan-India probe, we got to know that JMB is not only active in Assam, Odisha and Jharkhand but also spreading their activities in other states such as Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra. A list of 125 suspected JMB members has already been circulated to the states concerned,” the NIA DG said.
“These leads would not have come to the fore if NIA did not investigate the case across India. As the investigation of the state police is limited, there is need to focus on the gravity of cases, and such inputs should be shared with the NIA so that larger conspiracy could be unearthed,” he said.
NIA Inspector General Alok Mittal said the JMB has set up 20-22 hideouts in Bengaluru and tried to spread its bases in South India from 2014 to 2018. He said the outfit even conducted a trial of rocket launchers in the Krishnagiri hills along the Karnataka border and was planning to attack Buddhist temples to take revenge for the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Referring to the Manipur missing arms case, in which 56 9-mm pistols were stolen from the armoury of the Manipur Police with 58 loaded magazines, Modi said the weapons were provided to the insurgents in 2016.
“After taking over the investigation of the case from the state police in June 2018, NIA unearthed the major conspiracy behind the missing arms. At least 12 people, including a sitting MLA, were arrested in the case and 20 weapons have been recovered. Further investigation is on to recover the other weapons,” he added.
Modi said because of NIA headquarters in Delhi, Lucknow, Guwahati and Hyderabad, there has been a drastic change in the work of agency officials. He said an administrative office of the agency will be started soon at Raipur in Chhattisgarh.