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Bodh Gaya blast probe shows how terrorists from Bengal seek shelter in Kerala

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    New Delhi, Aug 7: The National Investigating Agency has arrested two persons in connection with the planning of a bomb blast at the Bodh Gaya complex on January 19 2018. The arrested persons have been identified as Abdul Karim and Mustafizur Rehman, both residents of West Bengal.

    Bodh Gaya blast probe shows how terrorists from Bengal seek shelter in Kerala

    They were arrested from the labour camp of Bengali speaking persons in Mallapuram in Kerala. The NIA says that the duo were hiding in this camp after planting the improvised explosive devices.

    The NIA has so far managed to establish the identity of 10 persons involved in the conspiracy. With the nabbing of these two persons, the number of persons to be arrested in this case has gone up to 5.

    The NIA says that the conspiracy was hatched by ten persons belonging to the Bangladesh based outfit, Jamaat-ul Mujahideen, Bangladesh.

    It may be recalled that the Intelligence Bureau had warned that several illegal immigrants would look to make their way down south and the entry point would be Kerala. In the above mentioned case, the arrests were made from a Bengali camp. Officers have been saying for long that illegal migrants from Bangladesh take shelter in such camps, as it becomes hard for security agencies to detect.

    Also Read | Why the big influx of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants into South India will happen through Kerala

    Kerala's Bangladesh link:

    Last year the police in Kerala had arrested 7 Bangladeshi nationals employed at a plywood factory and during the probe it was found that they were illegal immigrants.

    Officials say that the route into South India would be through Kerala, following which attempts would be made to infiltrate into the other southern states such as Telangana and Karnataka.

    They would be brought in as estate labour like has been done in the past officials say. In the midst of all this, there is also talk in Kodagu district, Karnataka, not to employe such persons until and unless they have a valid Indian citizenship document.

    Bangladeshi's blend with the Bengali speaking population and there is no proper or effective mechanism to identify them. Officials point out that the problem becomes harder to deal with as the population is a floating one.

    Also Read | Calamitous situation in Bengal: 3 crore illegal Bangladeshis reside there

    They move from one state to another with the help of touts and this makes it even harder to keep tabs on them. Moreover illegal immigration from Bangladesh extended up to Kerala through the migration corridor.

    This corridor starting at Bangladesh connects to Kerala through Assam and West Bengal. The illegal immigrants also find Kerala to be a good place to live in as it has the country's highest wage rate in the unorganised sector. Further the chances of interceptions are less in Kerala and this has made the place even more ideal to be in.

    The IB had after the publication of the NRC had sounded an alert stating that more people from Assam could infiltrate into southern states. The respective state police have been told to keep a close watch on the borders and also track down touts who have been aiding illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. The alert is particularly high in states such as Karnataka, Odisha, Telangana and West Bengal.

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