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Jun 03, 2008 at 09:15pm IST

India asks Bangladesh to stop infiltrations

New Delhi: With investigations in the Jaipur serial blasts indicating links to Bangladesh, New Delhi has pressed Dhaka to end cross-border infiltration and launch a crackdown on anti-India elements operating from its soil.

At a meeting of the Joint Working Group in New Delhi, serious concern was expressed over 'continuous flow of illegal immigrants' from Bangladesh in the backdrop of the recent terror attack in Jaipur last month, in which 68 people were killed.

The meeting of the JWG last weekend was held after five years. The Indian side was led by Joint Secretary (North East) in the Union Home Ministry, Naveen Verma while the Bangladeshi team was headed by that country's Joint Secretary (Political) M H Chowdhury.

STOP INFILTRATION: New Delhi has pressed Dhaka to end cross-border infiltration.

India and Bangladesh have a three-tier mechanism with one at the Home Secretary level and another at the level of the Border Security Force and the BDR, besides the JWG, which had last met in 2003.

Sources said that India's concern over infiltration from the Bangladesh side came in the wake of intelligence inputs that the banned Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami, operating from Bangladesh, could be behind the serial blasts that rocked the tourist city on May 13.

Reports say the HuJI has managed to establish cells in Rajasthan and that the outfit was responsible for previous terror attacks including the New Year eve attack on the Central Reserve Police Force camp in Rampur and serial blasts in three other places in Uttar Pradesh.

The HuJI outfit was also suspected to be behind the blast at the Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer last year.

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