Violent Bangladesh poll bodes ill for Bengal

bangKOLKATA: Violent Bangladesh poll and its definite hints at post-poll political violence bode ill for Bengal. As some Bangladesh poll observers believe that the poll boycott by Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led 18 party alliance, including `notorious and fundamentalist’ like Jammat, is set to let loose an unprecedented post-poll violence and to which Awami League
Government is expected to react mercilessly. And this would have two-way spill overs for bordering eight districts of Bengal. Speaking to this reporter a senior South Bengal BSF official said: “Once heat and dust seemingly settle down, we expect tortured minorities trying to make inroads and fundamentalists like Jammat activists across the border.’’ The top BSF official implied once the sealing of borders are eased situation would become formidable for districts like Nadia, Malda, Mushidabad, North and South 24-Paraganas and for fundamentalists Kolkata wouldn’t be very far from these districts.

Agreed another senior Lal Bazar, (headquater of Kolkata Police) police official: “In a given situation, we need to prepare ourselves for bigger law and order problems. If they give BSF a slip, which they had given several times in past, we need to keep our intelligence ready. Apparently, Lal Bazar official hinted at 2001 sudden attack on Kolkata American Centre early
morning, leaving two police officials dead and killers suspected to have entered Bengal from Bangladesh, though they could not be traced.But as it would take general observers by surprise, the political establishments in Bengal still maintain silence though the office of state home secretary B Bandhopadhya is learnt to have sent alerts to the going to be affected districts.

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