December 2001 News

ISI active in eastern state

9 December 2001
The Hindu

Kolkata: Security observers have warned of a dangerous situation in the eastern states where many bases and contact points have been set up by Pakistans Intelligence agency inter services intelligence (ISI) in the recent months in Bangladesh, Nepal and India for recruiting youth of terrorist groups in the name of "jihad". The ISI is also funding the criminal network in the three countries, according to security observers here. "The ISI, in close nexus with the underworld dons, is recruiting local criminals, giving them funds and assignments for contract killing, kidnapping, drug and arms trafficking, spying for the terrorist groups," the observers said. It had now been revealed that funds extorted from at least eight abductions of businessmen from various parts of the country had been used to fund the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and other terrorist groups and even the Taliban by the ISI. They said the dogged investigation in shoe nagnate Partha Roy Barman's abduction case with the support of the FBI has revealed an in international network ranging from several places in Bangladesh, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Rajkot, Delhi, Mumbai, Karachi, Dubai, and Afghanistan. Calling for immediate strict vigil along the international border with Bangladesh and Nepal besides continuous support from the Interpol and the FBI to destroy this network, the observers said the defeat of the Taliban and other Islamic terrorist groups in Afghanistan was a big blow to the ISI which had provided both funds and military support to these groups.

 

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