KOLKATA: A few days left when Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is scheduled to visit Bangladesh, a Boarder Security Force (BSF) report to Union Home Ministry `about 45 terrorist training centres in boarder districts in Jammat-run Quami madrasas set to prejudice bilateral dialogues,’ fear observers.
According to South Bengal headquarters of the BSF sources, these 45 terrorist training centres are training “young boys on anti-Indian sentiments for greater Bangladesh with West Bengal and Kashmir being part of Pakistan.’’
“Though we’ve informed our counter-parts in Bangladesh and reinforced the checkposts, but we are worried as pro-Pakistan terrorist outfits, like Lashker-e-Taiba, Jammat and several other fundamentalist outfits are involved.’’
The BSF sources also explained the reasons for worries as the centres stretched not only near to South Bengal boarders but expanded themselves to North Bengal districts like Coochbehar.
Political sources in Bangladesh however said that “Our government and law enforcing agencies should immediately crack down on them as these anti-social and fundamentalists groups have already become a burden for Pakistan and so they’ll for us we want peace.’’
It was also alleged that “as Awami League of late becoming soft towards Jammat and not exactly taking any action to bring Jammat-run Quami madrasas under one national education system, has encouraged fundamentalists to help these centres with the students they produce in their 15,000 madrasas.’’
Political observers on both sides are worried as the issue of 45 terrorist centres in Bangladesh is set to prejudice Delhi-Dhaka talks during Swaraj’s visit as it violates Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Hasina’s promise that her country’s soil wouldn’t be allowed to be used against India.