Central intelligence agencies accuse Tripura Police of negligence

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Agartala, Jul 29 (UNI) Central intelligence agencies have blamed the Tripura Police and its intelligence wing for poor security inputs as well as ineffective steps against the international terrorist outfits using the state as their safe corridor from Bangladesh.

Intelligence officials said here today that Bangladeshi nationals might have been involved in the serial blasts at Bengaluru and Ahmedabad.

''The apprehension of more terrorist strikes in other cities of the country has also been communicated to the Union Home Ministry.

Reports have also been received that there was a meeting of Muslim fundamentalist organisations in Lucknow early this month,'' the officials said.

The information of the terrorist movements had also been shared with Tripura, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh Police, besides the Union Home Ministry, but it did not yield any results, a senior Intelligence Bureau (IB) official told UNI.

In the security review meeting of all the agencies held here yesterday on the eve of the DGP-level meet convened by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in Delhi, IB and BSF officials reportedly expressed concern over the activities of the state intelligence agency.

The officials also alleged that the state government had been fed with inputs of international terrorist movements through Tripura time and again, but the state administration was reluctant in taking any steps.

''After the Jaipur blasts, both the BSF and IB suggested to increase vigil in the bordering towns of the state and enhance the intelligence network of the state police, as it was confirmed that a few pockets of the state bordering Bangladesh have become a safe corridor for international terrorists. The Harkat-Ul-Jihad-Islami (HUJI) operatives often use Tripura as their route to reach mainland India,'' the official stated.

The report also stated that the Pakistan-based ISI, Al-Qaida and Bangladesh-based HUJI activists were using Sonamura, Agartala and Kailashahar of Tripura and Karimganj and towns of upper Assam for entering India and most of them did not possess any passports.

The issue was again brought to the notice of the Union Home Ministry and both the Tripura and West Bengal Police were alerted that another group of international terrorists were planning to hit Indian cities soon after the Jaipur blasts, following the arrest of one Sagam Ali at Bhagalpur area of Agartala.

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