While the Saradha scam saw a huge flock of the TMC being questioned, the Burdhwan incident has thrown up many questions especially the sheltering of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh who were planning nothing but a major coup against the Awami League.
Intelligence Bureau officials in India have very often complained to New Delhi about the West Bengal administration soft peddling against several elements working against the stability of the government in Bangladesh.
So, what exactly has made West Bengal such a happy hunting ground for terrorists from Bangladesh. Their names appear to crop up both in the Saradha scam and even the Burdhwan incident which has led investigators to believe that the two cases are somewhere inter-connected.
Teesta water sharing between WB and Bangladesh
Bangladesh has officially lodged complaints with India about the West Bengal administration particularly the TMC and even said that some of their leaders are working contrary to their interests. In effect Mamata Banerjee was the person who opposed the Teesta water sharing agreement between the two countries. This issue was first raised during the UPA regime, but Mamata has been accused of trying and stalling the project.
Bangladesh which relies on this water for its northern part says that she is solely the cause for this project being stalled. She has even refused to come to the talking table and has ignored repeated requests by both the Indian and Bangladesh government on this issue. She has even refused to table and discuss the recommendations made by the Kalyan Rudra Committee.
The Teesta issue is a major one for Bangladesh and if this is not through then it proves to be a major embrassment for the ruling Awami League.
The biggest link in all this is Ahmed Imran who is alleged to have helped the Jamaat through his alleged links with the SIMI. He has been vocal in the past about the opposition to the Awami League, which by a large number of people is considered to be a secular and more sane force in Bangladesh. India has also found talking to the Awami League a better bet when compared to the BNP-Jamaat combine.
Questions are being raised as to why several anti Bangladesh elements were allowed to function in West Bengal. The Jamaat has a strong presence in West Bengal through its India wings. However the irony is that only West Bengal has allowed the Jamaat to hold agitations against the Bangladesh government. Several rallies were also conducted in West Bengal in support of Jamaat leaders who have always opposed the independence of Bangladesh.
WB defied several issues
Officials in New Delhi claim that the West Bengal administration has openly defied several issues. In order to prove her point she gave first preference to Pakistan over Bangladesh to invest in West Bengal. Bangladesh had even sought an appointment with her for investing in West Bengal but the ambassador who was to lead the discussions was kept waiting. The first meeting was held with the Pakistan ambassador instead.
There was further defiance when the Indian establishment had warned the TMC against propping up Ahmed Imran and making him an MP. He was red flagged by the IB which has been keeping a watch on him. The IB had been monitoring his pro-Jamaat stand and also his links with the banned SIMI.
Then came the allegation that he was helping the Saradha boss park money through the Jamaat hawala channel. However none of these points were even considered and the TMC went ahead and Imran became a Rajya Sabha MP. Worse even Bangladesh has officially complained about him and even banned his entry in their country.
Infiltration was easy with SIMI's help
Quiet on infiltrations- Murshidabad, Nadia and Burdhwan, Madhyam Gram had become hotspots for the Jamaat. Easy access into West Bengal with the help of the SIMI had become the order of the day. The state Intelligence unit had information and even the Central Intelligence had shared the same.
However even as all this information was passed on since 2010, they managed to go ahead and set up training schools shockingly on government land. Several members of the Gram Panchayats are now under the scanner of the NIA for giving these members easy access to India by helping them fudge papers which not only ensured they got citizenship documents, but also papers to set up training schools on government land.
WB administration turns a blind eye
Overpowered- There are several other instances to show that the West Bengal administration had either turned a blind eye or was playing along to the whims and fancies of the Jamaat and its sympathizers. Taslima Nasreen who was not allowed to return to West Bengal was done due to pressure from the Jamaat and the SIMI. Holding protests against the Bangladesh establishment openly was again the directive of the Jamaat. Not permitting Salman Rushdie was once again the wish and will of the Jamaat.
To top it all Mamata Banerjee has remained quiet on the entire Burdhwan incident. Her police started off the probe by trying to stall it. They were not cooperative with the NIA at first. Her police even tried to destroy the evidence before it was caught on camera. She refused to the centre's suggestion for an NIA probe terming it as a witch-hunt.
She however gave in after the entire nation began to question her. This attitude of the West Bengal government and the magnitude of the Burdhwan blast even prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to send National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit Doval to take stock of the sitiuation and tell Mamata that she needed to cooperate.