NIA alert on JMB footprint in Odisha | Bhubaneswar News

BHUBANESWAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has made a startling revelation that Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is expanding its footprints in Odisha, Jharkhand and Assam. The state has not witnessed any terror strike so far.
“We have found that in the past few years JMB intensified its activities in Assam, Jharkhand and Odisha. They earlier spread their networks under the guise of Bangladeshi immigrants in some states like Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra. NIA has shared the details of JMB suspects with the police of the states concerned,” NIA director general Yogesh Chander Modi said in New Delhi on Monday. He was addressing a conference of the chiefs of anti-terrorism squads in the national capital.
Four JMB suspects under watch: Police
The NIA chief’s alert on JMB “intensifying” its activities in the state assumes significance as the state has a large population of Bangladeshi migrants settled mostly in coastal Kendrapada district for long.
Recently, the Union home ministry had forwarded to the Registrar General of India a suggestion from Mohit Aggarwal, the Orissa high court’s amicus curiae in a wetland protection case, seeking the creation of a National Register of Citizens in Kendrapada district.
“We are alert to the NIA’s information and are keeping a vigilant eye on activities of four JMB suspects in Odisha,” a senior police officer said without disclosing more on the suspects.Despite no terror hits on state soil so far, the police are jittery following links of some Odisha natives with radical outfits in the recent past. In November 2017, the NIA had raided the house of a resident at Samantrapur village in Cuttack district, suspecting his links with a terror outfit.
The NIA had arrested a Kendrapada-native, identified as Habibur Rahaman from Delhi airport in August 2018 for his alleged links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Police said Rahaman left Odisha in 1987 and settled in Saudi Arabia. Rahaman had reportedly arranged a shelter for another terror suspect identified as Sheikh Naeem in Cuttack in 2006. On February 17, 2016, police arrested five suspected SIMI operatives from Rourkela. People of the state were in a shock when the Delhi and Odisha police conducted a joint operation in a village in Cuttack district on December 16, 2015 and arrested Abdul Rehman for his suspected al-Qaeda links.

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