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Kolkata could be the next target:IB

Vicky Nanjappa | January 01, 2009 01:48 IST

Intelligence Bureau intercepts have pointed to the movement of terrorists from both the Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images] and Harkat-ul-Jihadi into West Bengal in order to carry out an attack on Kolkata.

IB sources told that that attack on Kolkata was always kept on reserve as the city acted as a major hiding and breeding ground for terror operatives.

The IB reports movement of LeT and HuJI militants with the blessings of the both the DGFI of Bangladesh and ISI of Pakistan. The militants had regrouped in Bangladesh and were entering into West Bengal through the 'Chicken Neck' corridor, the IB says.

IB intercepts would point to the fact that the deadly LeT-HuJi combine planned to undertake attacks during the January, 2009. However, like the Mumbai [Images] attack there is a chance of them putting the attack on hold since security is high after 26/11.

The HuJI, the IB says, has teamed up with several local modules. West Bengal records the largest number of terror modules of HuJi following Uttar Pradesh [Images], the IB says. Even for the Mumbai attacks, investigations have revealed that some youth from West Bengal had arranged for the SIM cards as ordered by Zarar Shah, the chief of technology for the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

Apart from a terror strike, the ISI and the DGFI were planning to take control over the election process in West Bengal. A Union Home Ministry report would suggest that the ISI and DGFI could control at least 53 out of the 294 constituencies in West Bengal since these constituencies are dominated by illegal immigrants. Round-the-clock work to ensure that the names of the illegal immigrants get into the voters list is also on so that these key constituencies could be controlled by ISI and DGFI.

Reports also suggest that the ISI in coordination with the DGFI have given specific instructions to all modules in West Bengal to engage illegal immigrants in all sorts of illegal activities.

The IB says that the illegal immigrants have started drug peddling, trafficking and trans-border gang robbery. The money that is being raised from these illegal activities are being used to fund terror activities in West Bengal. 

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