According to the Indian intelligence sources, bombing in Jaipur on Tuesday that killed 80 and injured 216 has been orchestrated by a Bangladesh-based terrorist group Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami. The slums around the walled city of Jaipur are believed to be thickly populated by Bangladeshi immigrants and intelligence officials say that the Bangladeshi terrorists have taken shelter in these places. However, by naming India’s impoverished eastern neighbor as a base for harboring anti-Indian forces, the Indian security agencies themselves cannot escape their own responsibilities.
The question that comes to every mind is how are these massive Bangladeshi infiltrations occurring despite of 24-hour vigil along the Indian borders? Can the Border Security Forces deny their own responsibility? The 4,096 km long India-Bangladesh border is porous making for easy crossing. It has been often alleged that the Indian BSF and the Bangladeshi BDR are often lured with money by agents enabling smooth crossing over. The illegal migration is largely economic in nature. The overwhelming majority of the Bangladeshi migrants work as domestic helps or as low paid laborers. It is nothing unusual for the Islamic militant groups to take help from a minor section of these poor people to spread terrorism in India.
However, there is a social repercussion to this illegal Bangladeshi immigrant problem and linking these people to terrorism. Often right-winged political parties take this opportunity to brand every Indian-Bengali-Muslims working outside West Bengal as Bangladeshi forcing them to leave these states. While illegal immigration and associated terrorism is a real problem but politicization of Indian intelligence agencies, using them largely for spying on opposition political parties rather than monitoring on terrorist activities has given rise to intelligence failure in the country.