Indian centre to monitor terror activities in Bangladesh

October 19th, 2008 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala, Oct 19 (IANS) India has set up a Multi-Agency Centre (MAC) to monitor and share intelligence with the police in various states about terror operatives in Bangladesh, an official said here Sunday.”IB (Intelligence Bureau) joint director is the head of the newly constituted MAC and intelligence chiefs of all the states are members of the high profile body,” said Pranay Sahay, Tripura police director general.

“The MAC is closely monitoring the activities of Indian militants in Bangladesh, especially on matters relating to training, support, assistance and shelter across the border.”

All information gathered by the MAC, under the ministry of home affairs, would be shared among the states for effective action.

Tripura police intelligence chief Bishnu Debbarma said: “New Delhi had already asked Dhaka and submitted evidence on the involvement of Bangladesh-based outfits like Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami in terror acts in various parts of the country, including their hand in the northeast and in the Hyderabad blasts.”

“A high power committee on strengthening of intelligence in states, specially those affected by militancy and naxalism, has been formed and it would be coordinated and convened by IB,” a police official said.

He said: “The committee comprises police chiefs of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Assam. It would suggest strengthening of intelligence gathering and how to collect adequate information in a faster pace, analysis, dissemination and constant flow of information at all levels.”

The committee headed by the IB chief is now preparing its report that would be submitted to the ministry of home affairs next month.

India and Bangladesh share 4,096 km of border, of which 2,979 km cover land and 1,117 km are riverine.

“BSF (Border Security Force) in August during a meeting with the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) had given a fresh list of 110 hideouts being operated by the Indian militants,” a BSF official told IANS.

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