NIA agents in Dhaka to share intelligence on militancy with Bangladesh

A team of agents from India’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has come to Bangladesh as part of the efforts to curb militancy and terrorism. 

Published : 4 May 2015, 02:37 PM
Updated : 4 May 2015, 02:37 PM

The three-strong team arrived in Dhaka on Sunday amidst the hubbub after Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for the murders of writers and bloggers in Bangladesh. 
In a briefing on the visit, Detective Branch spokesperson Monirul Islam told that the team led by NIA Inspector General Sanjib Kumar Singh would be here for four days. 
“They are not here to only probe the Bardwan blasts, they are here to further strengthen the cooperation between the two countries to curb militancy and terrorism.”
Following the 2014 Burdwan blasts, allegations of Bangladeshi terrorists being involved surfaced. 
India requested Bangladesh to cooperate with their investigations, which was accepted by Dhaka. Agreement was reached to share intelligence and support each other. 
The NIA has already submitted chargesheet over the blasts, which lists a number of Bangladeshis. 
“Some of them are yet to be arrested. NIA agents will discuss with their Bangladeshi counterparts on how they can be arrested,” Islam said.
A top NIA delegation led by their chief Sharad Kumar had earlier visited Bangladesh following the blasts. 
According to a report on SITE Intelligence Group’s website, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) leader Asim Umar claimed credit for the murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy and other “blasphemers” in Bangladesh.

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