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IB warns of terror strikes in Bihar, Bengal


Meetu Jain,CNN-IBN
Jan 25, 2009 at 10:54pm IST

New Delhi: India is now facing the treat of a terror strike in the eastern part. Sources in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) say that a group of Lashker-e-Toiba terrorists are trying to sneak in from Bangladesh to spread terror in Bihar and West Bengal.

The IB report is just one of the many which says that eastern India could be the next target by Bangladesh-based terror groups.

An IB report sent to the Border Security Force (BSF) in West Bengal says that a 25-member Lashkar-e-Toiba squad based in Bangladesh's Cox Bazaar could enter India via Murshidabad and Malda in West Bengal and carry out attacks on January 27.

According to the report the terrorists are planning to target Katihar and Kishanganj in Bihar and Siliguri, Malda and Kolkata in West Bengal.

"We have reports that there could be subversive activity in some areas. All precautionary measures are being taken," says Jayanta Roy, Railway Protection Force Inspector, Malda.

So high is the threat that trains bound for Assam have been cancelled or re-routed.

The Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani will run from Guwahati to Delhi instead of from Dibrugarh till January 27. The Brahmaputra Mail will run between Guwahati to Delhi instead of from Dibrugarh till the 27th. Avadh-Assam Express will ply between New Jalpaiguri and Delhi till January 26 instead of originating from Guwahati.

Some trains like the Guwahati-New Delhi Purvottar Sampark Kranti Express and the Amritsar-Dibrugarh mail have been regulated.

An input sent by the IB to the Jharkhand Police and the Railways says that 50 Hizbul Mujahideen cadre from Bangladesh have sneaked into India via the North-East.

The terrorists could target trains coming in especially from Assam as well as local haat bazaars.

"We have taken the input very seriously and all districts have been put on high alert. There are some inputs related to railways and so we have alerted them too," says Jharkhand Police Spokesperson SN Pradhan.

After the Mumbai terror attacks in November 26, 2008, it's the Eastern coastline that's under the scanner, especially the porous riverine areas.

The centre has to soon realise that to tackle terror, it has to formulate its own look-east policy.

(With inputs Sougata Mukhopadyay)

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