Reports from Bangladesh point out that Trinamool Congress used its influence on the jihadi network to create mayhem and sabotage Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, despite overwhelming response it generated in the host country
-Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
A madrasa teacher with his students staging a protest
To people of Bangladesh, it was an auspicious day to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the independence of the country. The entire nation had wholeheartedly welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with dignitaries from various countries in the world, who visited Bangladesh to join the celebration. They also joined the celebration of the Birth Centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. When the entire nation was in a celebratory mood – an evil nexus of Islamists, militants, Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress and its leader Mamata Banerjee were secretly plotting destructive programmes with the notorious agenda of sabotaging Bangladesh’s celebrations as well as the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Nexus between Trinamool and Islamists is nothing new. They have been romancing for years, and under the hidden patronisation of Mamata Banerjee and her cronies, radical Islamic groups such as Hizbul Mujahideen have been gradually gaining strength in Bengal and some parts of the Northeastern States. Lately, Hizbul Mujahideen got connected to Al-Qaeda, with the dangerous agenda of spreading jihadist terror throughout India.
Islamists vandalised and set on fire the music academy of Ustad Alauddin Khan in Brahmanbaria
Commenting on the recent anarchism of Hefazat-e-Islam, Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters: “Their tactics and involvement of Basherkella make it clear that the militant outfits that previously tried to create terror and anarchy have been newly incorporated. We are looking into all the issues. No matter where they are, no one will be spared.”
Asked who he meant by militant groups, the Bangladesh Home Minister said, “You have seen before that there are some banned militant outfits, including the Jamaat-e-Islami.”
He further said: “When we put it together, we see that the leaders of these militant groups have been leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami before. Harkat-ul-Jihad, Ansar-Ullah Bangla Team, whatever you say, the main leadership of all of these outfits have come from Jamaat-Shibir.” He also said, “Why homes of innocent people are burning today and why is government property being ruined? We are guessing that the reason behind this may be the same as those for previous attempts of sabotage. It can be Jamaat Shibir or the BNP. We are checking all the issues.”
About Hefajat’s strike on March 28, the minister said vandalism after enforcing hartal (strike) is one issue and observing the hartal after it’s enforced is another issue. “They have no right to vandalism,” he said.
Jihadis vandalised and set on fire the Radha Gobinda temple
at Dhunat in Bogra, Bangladesh on March 29, 2021
at Dhunat in Bogra, Bangladesh on March 29, 2021
A specific reason to create an untoward situation and foil the country’s peaceful movement has worked behind setting fires in houses in Brahmanbaria, attacks on police outposts and putting 10-12 year-old children on the streets, said the minister.
“Even the Brahmanbaria Press Club was set on fire, a journalist was injured and houses of Chhattra League men, Awami League men and the district council chairman were set on fire. If these are not stopped then we will take necessary action,” warned the minster.
Asked about taking lawful action against the culprits, he said, “We are observing the situation with patience but now we will foil these efforts and they will be brought to book.”
Trinamool Fund for Anarchism
According to credible sources, Trinamool Congress hierarchy started contacting several individuals in radical Islamic militancy groups in Bengal with the clear instruction of obstructing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh. To implement this agenda, Trinamool reportedly has handed over more than Rs 2 million.
When Narendra Modi was already in Bangladesh, Mamata Banerjee and her cronies were busy in their frantic bids in taking political mileage by claiming – Indian Prime Minister’s Bangladesh visit was a violation of electoral code of India!
Commenting on such claims of Trinamool leaders, political analysts in Dhaka said: “They have totally gone insane. India and Narendra Modi are the friends of Bangladesh. We are delighted and honoured to see Modiji participating in the Golden Jubilee celebration of Bangladesh’s independence and birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. But to our utter dismay, what Mamata Banerjee and her comrades in Trinamool Congress have done could only be expected from the collaborators of Pakistan.”
Members of Hefazat-e-Islam on a rampage
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attending celebration of the Golden Jubilee of independence of Bangladesh was of huge significance. It once again proved that India is always with Bangladesh, as the most trusted friend. Moreover, we are grateful to Shri Narendra Modi as this was his first foreign tour after 15 months, and it came amid a growing threat of Covid-19 infection. By attending our celebration, the Indian Prime Minister has left a strong message to the nation – India and Narendra Modi are genuine friends of Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also spoke her feelings in expressing gratitude to India that sheltered one crore refugees from Bangladesh in 1971. India’s military assisted the MuktiBahini in fighting the Pakistani occupation forces by providing arms and training to the freedom fighters.
Now, time has come, when we need to feel the necessity of a much-deeper relationship between the people of Bangladesh and India. These relations and interactions should not be limited within government level. On this august occasion of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, we can humbly request Indian policymakers, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi – the great friend of Bangladesh, to consider easing visa formalities for Bangladeshi people–and to exempt visa for the members of Bangladeshi media. This is truly essential for further strengthening and deepening relations between the people of two friendly nations.
(The writer is a multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, research scholar, counterterrorism specialist and editor of Blitz)