Back in 2016, Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis predicted that Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) would become a major threat for India. In 2019, a message on a pro-ISIS group on the messaging application Telegram warned of an ISIS attack in undivided Bengal (Bangladesh and West Bengal) went viral, prompting the IB to alert West Bengal of series of attacks planned by the JMB in border districts of Bangladesh. In May 2019, Indian Home Ministry banned JMB.
But that the ban that had not been very effective has come to light after the recent arrest of three suspected JMP operatives—Najiur Rahaman, Mikhail Khan and Rabiul Islam–from the Haridebpur area of Kolkata. Interrogating them, the state police have come to know that JMB is now collaborating with a terrorist organizations like Indian Mujahideen (IM), HuJI (which coordinates with Kashmiri organizations), Al-Jihad and Al Ummah. They had plans to build several bomb factories near Kolkata with the double aim of handing a part of its products to other terrorist organizations in India and sending Indian boys to Bangladesh with these bombs. This module had 15 members, and though they are all Bangladeshis some of them have genuine Indian Voter cards and Adhaar Cards.
Some of the members of the module like Najiur experts in making explosives. They masqueraded as poor daily wage-earners but used TOR browser to communicate with other members spread all over India and other terrorist groups. So, the police have not found the phone numbers of their contacts in their phones as they used SIM-only for surfing the net. They also had plans to take Kausar Ali, the main accused of the Khagragarh bomb blast case from jail.
JMB is active in Bengal for about 15 years, but earlier they never had plans to attack India. It is believed that now they are working to conduct terror attacks in India according to a definite plan. The documents recovered from some JMB operatives in 2016 talked of ‘jihad from Bangladesh and Baghdad’. Perhaps it was not taken very seriously back then. But they have followed what they were preaching in association with Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or JMB is aSalafi organization and is against democracy. According to researchers, it received donations from international Wahabi charity groups based in Saudi Arabia and others, and also raised money through smuggling and dealing in counterfeit currency. The police have now come to know that they are also involved in some incidents of a daring robbery in various places. And unlike earlier times their members had spread all over India. Hence it is not a coincidence that the IB had recently sent alerts that said different terrorist organizations are now targeting Bengal, Tamil Nadu and UP for terrorist attacks.