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Is West Bengal turning a blind eye to the ISIS activities in the state?

Dr Richard L. Benkin, an Economist verified first hand that India is no alien to ISIS’s presence and there exists an ISIS cell operating in Kolkata

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  • ISIS feel Bangladesh is a nation well affected by poverty in all its areas which results in good chances of obtaining potential recruits
  • Benkin, the Economist verified first hand that India is no alien to ISIS’s presence and there exists an ISIS cell operating in Kolkata
  • The population of Hindus due to the radical acts by the group in Bangladesh has reached an endangered species level

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), these words when stringed together can evoke terror in the bravest of hearts whether that heart belongs to a Christian, a Muslim or a Hindu. Each of us is now well aware of their growing power, the attacks in Paris, blasts at the Brussels airport and now the recent Orlando shootings are all being linked to ISIS with the tag ‘act of terrorism’.

Keeping their ever growing roots in mind it’ll be foolish to assume that ISIS has not set its shop anywhere except the middle east. As a matter of fact according to Dr Richard L. Benkin ‘ISIS is now well established in South Asia.’

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His findings prove that the tech-savvy terrorist group is not only a threat to the American nation but to the entire world. Bangladesh, a nation that shares borders with India, is unsurprisingly the best playground for the group to spread radicalization. The said statement being true for many reasons.

Muslim student spread ISIS ideology among youth in West Bengal – National Investigation Agency (NIA). Image source: www.terrorscoop.com
Muslim student spread ISIS ideology among youth in West Bengal – National Investigation Agency (NIA). Image source: www.terrorscoop.com

Bangladesh is a nation well affected by poverty in all its areas which results in good chances of obtaining potential recruits. Adding to that it’s a nation with the majority of its population belonging to the Muslim community hence overpowering the minority Hindu’s.

Many believe, there is an unholy nexus between the Bangladeshi policeman and political parties. All of the reasons together prove Bangladesh to be a safe haven for a terrorist organisation. An example of which could be seen in the eradication of many religious leaders, activists and also in the ethnic cleansing of the Hindus and other minorities.

Speaking of the statistics, the population of Hindus due to the radical acts by the group in Bangladesh has reached an endangered species level with the number plummeting down below ‘one in every eleven citizens’.

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Bangladesh was carved out of India as East Bangladesh in 1947 as part of Pakistan. Wkimedia Commons
Bangladesh sharing its border with India. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

According to the indiapost.com report, Dr Richard L. Benkin claims that his associates in Dhaka, Bangladesh identified a house that was the centre of carrying out all activities by ISIS but the government and other authorities in Bangladesh and in India turned a blind eye to the information. He also made a point by stating that all the arrests made for the murders of civilians are in a way a source of income for the Bangladeshi police.

Taking the 8000-20,000 Taka bribe for springing the prisoners and thereby protecting the personal interests of political leaders is only a better business decision than helping him try to break the myth of Bangladesh being a ‘moderate Muslim nation.’

Benkin, an Economist verified first hand that India is no alien to ISIS’s presence and there exists an ISIS cell operating in Kolkata. He says that those familiar with the state of West Bengal know that it followed an open borders policy that set the groundwork for the radical activity we see today in West Bengal. Narrating his experiences in the villages he visited he talks about a young mother who dealt with inactivity from the West Bengal police when her daughter was abducted by the radicals and a story of another young woman he met who refused Islamist demands that they leave their land.

Narrating his experiences in the villages he visited, Benkin talks about a young mother who dealt with inactivity from the West Bengal police when her daughter was abducted by the radicals and a story of another young woman he met who refused Islamist demands that they leave their land.

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India is ISIS’ next big target but there’s an ‘Ignorance is bliss’ kind of attitude towards everything documented by Dr Benkin and his associates. This is the sole reason ISIS is well established in South Asia and has created a strong presence in Kolkata, now making its way to more parts of India by eradicating its allies.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Dr. Belkins is right. Indians are living in blind ignorance about the nefarious designs of a cult. They have been brainwashed into this pit by 60 yrs of “secular” gibberish. Even the rants of the Owaisis have not alarmed the avowed secularists – who continue to lead others into the same pit. But I’m pretty sure – a couple of such unforgivable incidents and the “moderate” muslims would be forced to side with one or the other and the sleeping Hindus will wake up for once.

  2. I believe that Bengal should take serious steps towards countering IS activities otherwise it will become more difficult gradually.

  3. What are Rajnath Singh and his Boss upto? Is this not a manifest danger that goes beyond “law and order” demanding the invocation of Constitutional provisions of President’s rule to exterminate the threat? Or, are they planning a “Tolerant” Bharatha Rathna and Nobel attempt redux with Shayries, Iftaars, skull caps, Airliner Hi Jacks, and alien occupation of strategically crucial Indian Territory to appease Obama and Sonia Gandhi’s chelas? The only piece of this action that I heartily approve will be an attack on Parliament. IF it is successful.

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Caruana Galizia was recently described by the American news outlet Politico as a "one-woman WikiLeaks".

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Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device. (Representative image) Pixabay

Valletta, October 17, 2017 : A journalist who led the Panama Papers probe into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her residence, the media reported.

Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device, reports the Guardian.

A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Caruana Galizia was recently described by the American news outlet Politico as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”.

Her latest revelations accused Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and two of his closest aides, connecting offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan.

No group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack, the Guardian reported.

Malta’s President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, called for calm. “In these moments, when the country is shocked by such a vicious attack, I call on everyone to measure their words, to not pass judgement and to show solidarity.”

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In a statement, Muscat condemned the “barbaric attack”.

“Everyone knows Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine,” said Muscat, adding “Both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way.”

He announced in parliament later on Monday that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officers were on their way to Malta to assist with the investigation, following his request for help from the US government.

According to local media reports, Caruana Galizia filed a police report 15 days ago to say that she had been receiving death threats.

The journalist posted her final blog on her Running Commentary website at 2.35 p.m. on Monday, and the explosion, which occurred near her home, was reported to police just after 3 p.m.

Over the last two years, her reporting had largely focused on revelations from the Panama Papers, a cache of 11.5 million documents leaked from the internal database of the world’s fourth largest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. (IANS)

 

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, but similar attacks have been carried out by the Islamic extremist group al Shabab

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A Somali soldier helps a civilian who was wounded in a blast in the capital of Mogadishu, Somalia. VOA

Somalia, October 15, 2017 : Somalia’s president has declared three days of national mourning following a deadly truck bombing Saturday in the capital, Mogadishu, which left many people dead and dozens injured, including a VOA reporter.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo said the country “will observe three days of mourning for innocent victims and flags will be flown at half-mast.”

Farmaajo also called on citizens to unite against terror, saying it is “time to unite and pray together. Terror won’t win.”

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Somalis gather and search for survivors by destroyed buildings at the scene of a blast in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia. VOA

Earlier Saturday, the blast occurred near Zobe, a busy intersection in Somalia’s capital, killing more than 50 people, health officials and witnesses said.

Dead, injured

Mahad Salad Adan, a Somali lawmaker who sustained a slight wound from the blast, told VOA that more than 100 people, most of them civilians, were killed in the explosion. He said more 200 others were wounded as Mogadishu hospitals struggled to treat the wounded.

Abdulkaidr Mohamed Abdulle, a VOA Somali correspondent in Mogadishu, was among the injured. His wife, Samira Abdirahman Sheikh Adam, confirmed to VOA that he had sustained injuries to his neck, head and right hand.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, but similar attacks have been carried out by the Islamic extremist group al Shabab. The group, which is linked to al-Qaida, is trying to overthrow the government in an effort to establish strict Islamic rule.

The United States and the United Nations strongly condemned Saturday’s blast and offered condolence to the lives lost and those wounded in the attack.

Buildings leveled

Buildings around the area were leveled by the explosion from a truck bomb, and dozens of destroyed cars littered the streets.

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Mogadishu on the map. VOA

Health officials said Saturday’s bombing was the largest blast in recent memory in Mogadishu. They also called for residents to donate blood to help with the wounded.

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The explosion also comes two days after Somalia’s defense minister and military chief, who were leading the fight against Islamist militants, both resigned from the government, citing personal reasons.

Some analysts believe militants tend to carry out such attacks when there are security lapses.

“The resignation of the country’s defense and military chiefs gave the militants a gab [opening] to carry out such disastrous attack,” said Mogadishu University’s Dr. Abdul Kadir Liban Isse. (VOA)

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Smoke rises near the stadium where the Islamic State militants are holed up after an airstrike by coalition forces at the frontline, in Raqqa, Syria. voa

Islamic State is on the verge of defeat in Syria’s Raqqa and the city may finally be cleared of the jihadists Saturday or Sunday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia told Reuters Saturday.

The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State said around 100 of the jihadist group’s fighters had surrendered in Raqqa in the last 24 hours and had been “removed from the city,” but it still expected difficult fighting “in the days ahead.”

It did not say how the fighters had been removed or where the fighters had been taken.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said remaining Islamic State fighters were being transported out of Raqqa by bus under a deal between Islamic State, the U.S.-led coalition and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by the YPG. There was no immediate comment on that report from the coalition or the SDF.

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Civilians who escaped from Islamic State militants rest at a mosque in Raqqa, Syria. voa

The SDF, backed by coalition airstrikes and special forces, has been battling since June to oust Islamic State from Raqqa city, formerly its de facto capital in Syria and a base of operations where it planned attacks against the West.

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“We still expect difficult fighting in the days ahead and will not set a time for when we think (Islamic State) will be completely defeated in Raqqa,” he said, adding that around 85 percent of Raqqa had been liberated as of Oct. 13.

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Around 1,500 civilians had been able to safely make it to SDF lines within the last week, he added.

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During the more than six-year Syrian war, the arrival of buses in a conflict zone has often signaled an evacuation of combatants and civilians.

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