Unemployed youths preferably from Muslim community are being roped in by handlers of terror groups like ISIS and JMB to expand their networks in border districts of West Bengal.
Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has been targeting unemployed youths and ISIS too could be following its tactics.
The recent arrest of 25-year-old Mohammed Musiruddin has exposed the presence of the terror group in the state, particularly in the districts bordering Bangladesh including Burdwan, Murshidabad and Birbhum, a top CID official of West Bengal said on the condition of anonymity.
The group has also spread its tentacles in different pockets of the city, the official said describing the Khagragarh blast in 2014 as a clinching proof of the existence of its bases in the state.
Burdwan district entered the terror map in October 2014 when two suspected JMB terrorists were killed while making improvised explosive devices at a rented house at Khagragarh.
In fact, NIA in its supplementary chargesheet in connection with the Khagragarh blast had claimed that JMB had been recruiting youths from the border districts of West Bengal.
“Unemployed youths are the main targets of terror groups. JMB had been doing that and the ISIS has started the same process,” the official said adding that this fact has again got a confirmation during the grilling of Musiruddin, who was part of the of recruitment network.
“They have handlers who supervise one to two districts and keep a tab on educated but unemployed youths including girls in the age group of 16-30 years preferably from the Muslim community,” he said.
“The brainwashing starts from the first meeting which helps them convince the youth to join the group. And from there they are moved to the training camps in the bordering districts,” the officer said referring to the arrest of a 19-year-old polytechnic student at Durgapur by NIA this March.
The name of Ashique Ahmed, alias Raja, a resident of Hooghly’s Dhaniakhali, had surfaced during an interrogation of one Abdus Sami Qasmi, who was arrested by the agency from Uttar Pradesh in February.