Bangladesh must curb anti-India terror outfits: Chidambaram

December 15th, 2008 - 11:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Bangladesh should not allow terror outfits from India and Bangladesh to carry out anti-India operations from its territory, warned Home Minister P. Chidambaram here Monday.Most of the insurgent groups operating from northeast India, including the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), are based on the territory of Bangladesh, he said during a discussion in the Lok Sabha.

The government has intelligence inputs that the ULFA and other insurgent groups in the northeast have been working with the Bangladeshi terror outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), the home minister said.

The activity of HuJI is a matter of concern, he said.

“The message must go to Bangladesh,” he said supporting the views expressed by majority of members who participated in the discussion.

The government has already started counter-insurgency operations against the ULFA, Chidambaram said.

The cases relating to the Oct 30 serial blasts in Assam are expected to be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Dec 18, said Chidambaram while replying to the discussion under Rule 193 on the situation arising out of bomb blasts in various part of northeastern states, with particular reference to Assam.

In order to “defend the sovereignty and integrity of the country”, Chidambaram said the government would implement some steps in the northeastern region.

Spelling out the measures that the government is planning to introduce, the minister said priority would be given to expedite fencing the borders of northeastern states with neighbouring nations including Bangladesh. Steps would be initiated to effectively check illegal immigrations.

Priority would be given to full implementation of the Assam accord.

The minister said the lack of development in the region is also a reason for the flourishing of regional terror outfits. Perception that there is corruption in implementing government projects and programmes is also a matter to be addressed.

Issuing of national identity cards to the people would help security personnel identify the foreign nationals, Chidambaram said.

“I have identified the problems. A comprehensive plan would be chalked out soon,” the minister said.

A majority of the members, who participated in the discussion said the “time has come to point fingers towards Bangladesh”.

“If the government fails to address the problems in the northeast immediately, it will become much worse that Jammu and Kashmir,” said Kiren Riiju of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Bangladesh has been becoming the safest sanctuary of the terrorists, Arun Kumar Sharma of the Assam Gana Parishad (AGP), said.

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