Breach in Navy, BSF ranks; an ISI agent nabbed
H A Eklavya | 02 Apr 2008

Breach in Navy, BSF ranks; an ISI agent nabbed







With the passing times terrorism has touched alarming proportions and the antinational elements have adopted new ways and means to carryon their anti-India agenda quite effectively, which has posed a major challenge before the country.


In a major breakthrough, the West Bengal CID has identified moles of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI in the Border Security Force (BSF) battalions deputed in different areas along the Indo-Bangladesh border, in eastern and northeastern states of the country.


The interrogation of the alleged ISI agent has revealed the extent of penetration of the agency into the ranks of the BSF and the Indian Navy, besides classified military documents pertaining to the deployment of troops and defence installations in Tripura. 


The informed sources said that the Bangladeshi national, Mohammad Mafizur Rahaman, who was detained in Agartala earlier this week, has links with Bangladesh-based terror group Harkat-ul-Jehad-i-Islami (HuJI) and was involved in criminal activities in Bangladesh before he was recruited by the Pakistan ISI.


As per sources M M Rahaman remained under observation in Agartala for nearly two months and presented himself as a businessman and had a lavish lifestyle, adding, that although the defence-related documents recovered from him are not highly classified, they contained specific information related to the deployment and infrastructure of the Assam Rifles and other central security forces deployed in Tripura.


Rahaman, alias Suman Majumdar, alias Mamun Mian was nabbed by the CID branch of Kolkata police as part of a joint operation with security forces and later brought to Kolkata on Saturday and produced in a Howrah Court..


The official sources also revealed that the initial tip-off regarding Rahaman had come following the arrest of two alleged activists of the HuJI Mohammad Shamim Akhtar and Abdul Malik, alias Alamgir from Shalimar in Howrah district this year on January 16 by the CID sleuths. During the sustained interrogation, both had confessed to recruiting a BSF head constable, now posted in North Bengal and an officer of the Indian Navy named K S Singh.


Meanwhile, Rajeev Kumar, IGP, Special Operations Group (SOG) confirmed that the accused had a criminal past in Bangladesh. Rahaman is said to have entered India illegally through the international border with Nadia district and he has been remanded in the police custody, where he is being interrogated, he added.


Rahman has also been an active underground leader of Harkat-ul-Jihadi-Islami (HuJI) and he is considered a most-wanted criminal in Bangladesh following his involvement in several cases of murder and abduction.


The investigating agencies have expressed surprise at the extent of penetration of the security forces apparatus in West Bengal region.