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Terrorism-related incidents in West Bengal since 2007

2017

Sl. No.

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Place

Incident

Nature
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January 2

Kolkata

A top operative of the Bangladesh-based terrorist outfit JMB, Mohammad Mosiuddin alias Musa has revealed that Islamic State (IS) is planning to carry out terror attacks in the eastern part of the country. Mosiuddin claimed that the IS want to establish an Islamic caliphate in India. The SFs and the intelligence agencies are now verifying the possibility of an IS attack from the east following the interrogation of Musa. During his interrogation, Musa has made revelations that terror groups now aim at targeting foreigners at Kolkata's Mother House and lone wolf attacks on foreign tourists in Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir).

Non-violent
2 February 8

Murshidabad

Police recovered 40 pieces of fake INR 2000 notes from West Bengal's Murshidabad District, officials said, reports indiablooms.com. According to Police reports, acting on a tip off, Police booked a suspect- Ajijur Rahman- from Chatra Ghat area under Islampur Police Station limits in Murshidabad District and seized FICN INR 2000 notes with face value of INR 80,000 rupees from his possession.

Non-violent
3 February 17 Malda

BSF seized INR 2,000 notes worth INR 2, 00,000 FICN in West Bengal's Malda District. Meanwhile, according to a report, it has taken barely two months for Pakistan-based counterfeiters to come out with fake INR 2,000 notes. Punjab used to be the permeable border but now the money is being pumped into the country via the India-Bangladesh border. The details surfaced following recent arrests and seizures made by NIA and BSF, the report say.

Non-violent
4 February 19 Malda District

BSF seized 48 FICN of INR 2,000 with face value of INR 96, 000 from Indo-Bangladesh border in Malda District of West Bengal. Official sources said, acting on a tip off, BSF booked a man- Shariful Shah (32)- from Baishnabnagar near NH-34 with 48 FICN of INR 2,000. "Following the introduction of new currency notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500, there have been around half a dozen cases where fake currency notes in the denomination of Rs 2,000 were recovered but their quality of far inferior. Most of them were just scanned copy of the note. But the recovery made last night on by our investigators appear to be better than what was seized by the force sometime back," said a senior BSF official.

Non-violent
5 February 27 Farakka / Malda District

Two persons were arrested along with four FICN of face value of INR 2000 near Farakka in West Bengal. The two, who hail from Murshidabad District, were caught and arrested when the Police found them moving around in a suspicious manner. They were produced at the local court which remanded them in Police custody for five days. Before demonetization Malda in West Bengal had become one of the main transit points for smuggling in FICN from Bangladesh before pushing it into the country.

Non-violent
6 March 2 Howrah District

Kolkata Police neutralised a FICN racket and arrested five persons along with FICN amounting to INR 56,74,000 from Howrah District of West Bengal. "Five persons were arrested from the Fancy Market area in Kolkata's Watgunj and fake notes totalling Rs 56.74 lakh seized from them," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Vishal Garg told. Garg said the five were caught while buying cell phones at Kabitirtha Sarani in Watgunj. "Accused Manohar Mollah, Syeed Rehan, Seikh Eklakh Ahamed and Seikh Abul Kalam Azad are residents of West Bengal's Howrah district while Balai Mondal hails from Bankura," the officer added.

Non-violent
7 March 4 Malda District

Police arrested a man, identified as Mukulesh Mian alias Bhutto from Rathbari area in Malda District of West Bengal and recovered FICN of INR 2000 with a face value of INR 92,000 from his possession. "We have charged the man under IPC sections 489B (Using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) and 489C (Possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) and we are quizzing him to know more about his involvement with FICN (Fake Indian Currency Notes) trafficking racket," a senior official of Malda District Police told. However, the man was produced in a local court on March 5, and was remanded to Police custody for further interrogation.

Non-violent
8 March 26 Murshidabad

Two persons including a Bangladeshi national were arrested from Samsherganj in Murshidabad District, when they were trying to smuggle in FICN by crossing a river. The Police have recovered FICN worth INR 5,00,000 and all the notes were of INR 2,000 denomination. Police arrested Babu Sheikh, who is a resident of Shibganj at Chapai Nawabganj District of Bangladesh, and his Indian counterpart Salim Sheikh who is a resident of Baishnabgarh in Malda District.

he Police suspect that Babu might be involved in an international fake currency racket. They will be interrogating both the accused to know about their associates who are operating to circulate fake currency in India. The Police feel that Babu is also involved in terror activities. The reason being that the circulation of fake currency is a task which members of terror outfits take up to earn money. The police are trying to know whether Babu is in any way linked with terror outfits like JMB.

Non-violent
9 April 2 Malda

A BSF patrol seized fake notes with face value of INR 300,000 near the IB fence gate in the Churiantpur area of Malda District around 11:45 PM on April 2. The seizure was made after suspected smugglers flung a packet into the Indian side from across the border.

Non-violent
10 April 3 Malda

BSF personnel seized FICN of the face value of INR 300,000 from Anantapur village in Malda District. The BSF personnel during patrolling along the Indo-Bangladesh border found 150 fake currency notes of the denomination of INR 2000 in a bag at Chowri Anantapur village under Baisnabnagar Police Station, BSF sources sources.

Non-violent
11 April 10 Bankshall

NIA, filed the fourth supplementary charge-sheet before the Bankshall Court in connection with the Khagragarh blast (October 2, 2014) against three more operatives of the JMB. In the earlier charge-sheets, NIA had mentioned names of 30 accused. Nine of the accused are still at large. In the charge-sheet filed, names of Mohammad Rubel alias Rafiq, Jahidul Islam and Mohammad Sahidul Islam have been mentioned. Two of them were residents of Bangladesh and one is from Assam. Rubel and Jahidul are residents of Rajshahi and Delduar respectively in Bangladesh while Sahidul is a resident of Barpeta in Assam.

Non-violent
12 April 15 Kaliachak /Malda

BSF, night recovered FICN worth INR 700,000 from Anantapur area of Kaliachak in Malda District. The fake currency notes were of INR 2,000 denomination. During their vigil, some of the BSF troopers found a plastic bag lying along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Upon inspection, they found the fake currency notes wrapped inside the packet. Police have started a case in this regard and a probe has been initiated. No one has been arrested in this connection so far.

Non-violent
13 April 18 Malda District

FICNs worth INR 1,00,000 in INR 2,000 denomination, was seized by the BSF along the Indo-Bangladesh International Border in West Bengal's Malda District. A BSF patrol party found a packet in a mango orchard near the Churiantpur border post area of Malda around 12:45 pm during an operation to arrest FICN smugglers active along this border, officials said. While no smugglers were found in the area, they said the packet seized by the patrol party had 50 fake currency notes, each of INR 2,000 denomination, with a total face value of INR 1,00,000.

The seized fake notes have been handed over to the Kaliachak Police. With this, the BSF has seized FICN with face value of INR 22,98,000 and apprehended two smugglers so far this year from the border area here, the officials said.

Non-violent
14 May 8 Kolkata

Police arrested two persons at Brabourne Road in Kolkata (West Bengal) after seizing from them FICN of the face value of INR 76,000. Javed Ali (30) and Iqbal Ali (28) residents of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh were arrested while they were trying to buy CDs from a shop at the Brabourne Road-India Exchange Place crossing under the Hare Street Police Station limits, a senior Police officer said.

Non-violent
15 May 15 West Bengal

A tunnel has been detected along the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal which might have been used for smuggling FICNs, ammunitions and arms. "We have information that a tunnel has been detected along the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal. But details are still awaited," Joint Secretary (Northeast) in the home ministry Satyendra Garg stated. Advisor in the home ministry Ashok Prasad said this was perhaps for the first time that such a tunnel has been detected in the country's eastern border. Several such tunnels have been detected along the Indo-Pakistan border in the west.

Non-violent
16 June 3

Bardhaman District

Kolkata Police arrested three persons from Kalna in Bardhaman District, night on charges of carrying FICN. Acting on a tip-off, the investigators stopped an ambulance near Purba Sahapur in Kanla and found three persons carrying FICN worth INR 20,000, all in INR 2000 currency notes, along with firearms and narcotic substances. The accused Sanjoy Majhi, Shibu Rajbanshi and the ambulance driver Pratap were arrested and they were interrogated by the investigators throughout the night.

Non-violent
17 June 17 Baisnabnagar / Malda District

Kolkata Police arrested one person at Baisnabnagar in Malda District with FICN. The accused person was trying to cross the border from the Indian side with a bagful of fake notes but he was captured by the BSF officers. The officers found INR 1,96,000 in FICN, all of which were in denominations of INR 2000, from him.

Non-violent
18 June 28 Kolkata

Keeping in view the safety and security of the growing number of tourists in the coastal areas of the state, the West Bengal Government decided to recruit more Police personnel for eight Police Stations in those areas. The state Cabinet took the decision to recruit 267 Police personnel for eight coastal Police Stations for the security and safety of the growing number of tourists in those places, State Finance Minister Amit Mitra said.

Non-violent
19 July 16

Malda

Hundreds of crores of rupees of FICN especially of INR 2,000 denomination printed by notorious gangs of neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and Pakistan are flooding Malda District in West Bengal for illegal circulation in the country and disrupting nation's economy. DRI and IB officials have alerted the Hyderabad Police to be vigilant in preventing the circulation of such fake currency by providing proper leads about the gang members indulging in the offence. "For the first time after demonetisation, we have received specific information from Central agencies about these gangs who have brought huge quantities of fake currency of Rs 2,000 denomination to the city and being circulated at selected congested business localities. Following the tip off, our teams have kept a close vigil and arrested three persons and recovered fake currency worth Rs 1.90 lakh from them," DCP, Task Force, B Limba Reddy said.

Non-violent
20 August 6

Baliadanga area / Malda District

BSF arrested a person, identified as Samayon, carrying INR 92000 worth of FICN in INR 2000 note denomination near Baliadanga area of Malda District in West Bengal. So far in 2017, the south Bengal frontier of the BSF has seized FICNs of the face value of INR 30.84 lakh and arrested five men, the BSF said.

Non-violent
21 August 15 Debipur village / Malda District

A large cache of firearms and arms making equipment were recovered and seven persons were arrested as the Police unearthed an illegal arms manufacturing unit in Malda District of West Bengal. SP, Arnab Ghosh said 48 finished firearms and a large number of unfinished arms were seized from the factory at Debipur village under Kaliachak Police Station area. The firearms were of 9mm and 7mm variety. During the raid, the Police also arrested seven persons from the factory which was being operated from the house, Ghosh said. The arrested were the owner of the house and six persons from Munger in Bihar, known as a hub of illegal firearms manufacturing centre for long. They six were possibly engaged in manufacturing fire arms, the SP said.

During search of the house, the Police also recovered FICNs with a face value of INR 50,000. It was being suspected that the arms manufactured there were delivered to neighbouring states.

Non-violent
22 September 8 Siliguri

Police arrested three militants of the of KCP, 'chairman' Senjam Notenkhomba Singh, Leishram Ibmugomtomba Singh and Rajesh Singh from Siliguri. The group had committed robbery, around 3pm, in a Jewellery shop at Salt Lake area in Calcutta on August 27. Earlier, the arrested trio had committed robbery at MP Jeweller's branch at G S road in Guwahati city on May 9.

Non-violent
23 September 10 Malda District

The BSF personnel recovered suspected FICN with a face-value of INR 690,000 being smuggled from Bangladesh in Malda District. Acting on a tip off, the border guards were keeping a watch at a place in Churiantpur border outpost last night and found someone from Bangladesh side dropped two packets and another person was coming to collect it from Indian side, a BSF release said.

Non-violent
24 September 10 Mehrani border outpost / Nadia District

BSF recovered country made weapons and bottles of cough syrup from Mehrani border outpost in Nadia District. Three 8 mm calibre handguns, some ammunition and 125 bottles of a cough syrup used as intoxicant were recovered, the release said.

Non-violent
25 November 3

Malda District

The DRI arrested a man, identified as Asikul Sekh recovered 198 FICNs along with a face value of INR 3.96 lakh from near India-Bangladesh border in Malda District of West Bengal. Investigations revealed that the FICNs were smuggled into India from Bangladesh. Acting on a tip-off, accused Asikul Sekh residing in Charianantpur village near the international border was intercepted at the New Farakka Railway Station late on Friday (November 3) evening, the official said. "The accused was to board the Malda Town-Patna Intercity Express. Two plastic packets were recovered from his possession which contained 198 fake notes of INR 2,000 denomination, totaling up to INR 3.96 lakh," the official said.

Non-violent
26 November 14

Howrah District

The NIA, Kolkata Branch, arrested four persons, identified as Barkat Ansari, Utpal Chowdhury, Fijul Mia and Rabjul along with FICN with a face value of INR 9.1 lakh (in the denomination of INR 2,000) from the vicinity of the Howrah Railway Station in Howrah District. All four accused are residents of Sattari village in Malda District.

Non-violent

2016

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Incident

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January 1

Malda

With Malda District emerging as the "capital' of FICN, the internal security committee in West Bengal has decided to meet officials of central agencies dealing with the issue in the state. The ED has started 30 cases of FICN smuggling in which the agency found links with terror modules and money laundering networks. In 2015, the BSF seized INR 2,60,82,000 of FICN from the Malda border alone and apprehended 24 couriers.

Non-violent
2 January 8

West Bengal

As investigators probe deeper into the fake passport racket of Baguiati (Kolkata), there is emerging evidence of a possible JMB link. Sources say Bangladeshi national Hafeez Sheikh alias Nur Mohammad, will play a pivotal role in understanding the modus operandi of the gang. "It is only his questioning that can lead us to the rest of the gang based in Noida," said an investigating officer. "We plan to send teams to Noida, Pathankot and Ludhiana to verify certain addresses. It is clear that several Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals have used fake passports prepared by him. In turn, someone must have collected used and expired passports from north Indian passport offices. We need to ascertain if there is a HuJI link to it because we have found certain numbers from Europe and the middle-east," informed a source.

Sheikh hails from Chittagong District in Bangladesh and seems to have used a real passport but fake visa to cross over to India through Nadia District in West Bengal. Hafeez came to Kolkata about two years ago and started a tour and travel business at Netaji Nagar in south Suburban Kolkata.

Non-violent
3 January 10

Posta / Kolkata

Five persons, including a suspected Bangladeshi national, have been arrested by the STF of Kolkata Police along with FICN having face value of INR 35,00,000. Acting on a tip off, the STF team conducted a raid at a businessman's house in Posta Police Station area limits and nabbed the five Trinath Mandal, Sanjay Mandal, Prabas Mandal, Pradip Mandal and Sanjay Singh along with FICN.

Non-violent
4 January 10

Kolkata

The central security agencies have raised an alarm against multiple placement agencies that have grown across Kolkata and border Districts. It was found that such agencies were involved in the Baguiati fake passport case and the FICN racket neutralised in Posta by the Kolkata Police STF. According to sources, these placement agencies were offering jobs to labourers using fake documents and then forcing them to become fake currency couriers. Several youths from Malda and Murshidabad Districts are employed as unskilled labourers in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Tamil Nadu. The FICN racketeers target these youths and use them as carriers.

Non-violent
5 January 11

Malda

A week into the Malda violence, NCB officials admitted that the West Bengal District remains a 'difficult area' for the agency to work in. "It is true that Malda has been a difficult area in terms of its communal aspect and the territorial reason. It is a sensitive belt…There is a lot of work to be done," NCB Deputy Director General (eastern zone) SK Sahu stated. Sahu said that since the money flow is high, the crime rate is also alarming in that region. "We do carry out sensitisation drives involving the state government and central agencies and constantly coordinate with them. We involve local panchayats (village councils) and include the local population into the economic process so that they don't indulge in such illegal drug business," he said.

Narcotics money is at the heart of lawlessness in Malda District bordering Bangladesh. The Police say a large portion of this drug money goes into buying sophisticated weapons smuggled through the porous Bangladesh border, and running hundreds of unrecognised madrasas (Islamic Seminary) in the District. Border areas like Golapganj, Baliadanga, Kaliachak, Mohabbatpur, Mothabari and Danga are now the epicentre of anti-national activities, because of flourishing drug trade. Be it peddling of FICN involving the local youth, illegal migration, drug and arms supply or smuggling, Malda is a bustling hub.

Non-violent
6 January 13

Malda

The Malda (West Bengal) District administration has begun a drive to destroy the extensive poppy cultivation in the District, as stated by senior officials of Excise Department. Senior officials said that poppy cultivated on nearly 500 acres had been destroyed in Kaliachak and adjoining areas over the past one week. "The drive started on January 5 and till today evening (January 13), 1,500 bighas (495 acres) of poppy cultivation has been destroyed in a joint operation where the police, BSF and excise department are involved," the official said.

Other than poppy cultivation, smuggling of FICN is also a major concern for law enforcement authorities in the District which shares a border with Bangladesh. FICN amounting approximately INR 30 million were seized in the District in 2015 and 105 cases were registered. Also, 187 cases of possessing illegal arms were registered in Malda in 2015.

Non-violent
7 January 16

Malda

The BSF in association with West Bengal Excise Department, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have begun destruction of poppy being cultivated close to the Indo-Bangladesh border in Kaliachak area of Malda District. Kaliachak is considered a major production centre for opium and a hub of cross-border smuggling. While narcotics are trafficked across the border to Bangladesh, FICN is received in return. This FICN is circulated from Kaliachak to the rest of the country.

Non-violent
8 January 18

Petrapole / North 24-Parganas

The BSF arrested two persons and seized a pistol and bullets near Petrapole in North 24-Parganas District. Two have been arrested by the on charges of carrying the illegal weapon with the intention to smuggle it to Bangladesh. Their vehicle was stopped and a search revealed a plastic bag with a country-made 9 mm pistol, a magazine and eight rounds of ammunition. The two men were also were also carrying three mobile phones.

Non-violent
9 January 18

Malda District

Intelligence officers of the BSF and Malda Police arrested a man, Enarul Islam, considered to be one of the key figures in the FICN smuggling ring that thrives across the India-Bangladesh border, along with FICN amounting to INR 8,00,000. Police cornered the accused, a Bangladeshi citizen, in the Baburhat area in the Malda District of West Bengal. The arrest took place under the Kaliachak Police Station jurisdiction.

Non-violent
10 January 21

Dubrajpur / Birbhum District

Two people lost their lives in an explosion while they were allegedly making crude bombs at Dubrajpur in Birbhum District of West Bengal. The Police have recovered a huge quantity of explosives from the site. Over the past one year, West Bengal has been under the scanner of security agencies as a "secure hideout" for agents of Pakistan's ISI. It is feared that that banned organisations like the JMB has spread its network in Howrah, and both North and South 24-Parganas Districts and set up organisational bases in Districts like Murshidabad, Nadia, Bardhaman and Birbhum.

Violent
11 January 31

West Bengal

The Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) module that was busted recently by the NIA had attempted to procure arms from West Bengal. Investigators have learnt that while these youth who were arrested had planned on increasing the recruitments, they were also in touch with some operatives to procure arms from West Bengal. The job of procuring arms was assigned to one of the arrested operatives, Nafees Khan. He was told by his handlers to visit West Bengal and make contact with arms dealers. He was to visit the border areas of the state to get in touch with persons who supply illegal arms and ammunition, the investigators have learnt. The NIA during its probe had learnt that this communication relating to procurement of arms was found while deciphering the transcripts of these alleged ISIS operatives. There have also been financial transactions which suggest that money was being collected to procure arms and ammunition.

Non-violent
12 February 3

Mahadipur / Malda District

A Bangladesh national, Salim Reza was arrested by the BSF personnel of 20th battalion from the zero-point area of India-Bangladesh border near Mahadipur in English Bazaar Police Station in Malda District. BSF troopers confiscated two SIM cards, few Bangladesh currencies and a chit containing an address in Kaliachak from Reza, later he was handed over to English Bazaar Police. Police sources informed that the arrested Bangladesh national, who is a inhabitant of shialbari village of Shibganj Police station under ChapaiNababganj District in Bangladesh, tried to mislead the police by offering several different reasons for intruding to India.

Non-violent
13 February 3

Kaliachak / Malda District

Three persons arrested along with FICN of face value INR 3,00,000 from Kaliachak in West Bengal's Malda District.

Non-violent
14 February 6

West Bengal

The Islamic State (IS) module neutralised ahead of the Republic Day celebrations as part of the nationwide terror sweep, was active in West Bengal, said the NIA. The agency is currently trying to figure out whether the network was linked to JMB. "While interrogating the arrested persons, we found references to West Bengal. It seems that they had planned to procure weapons from the state," an NIA official said.

According to sources, NIA investigators initially did not get any lead on the JMB movements in West Bengal. But with time, more leads started coming in after the sleuths went through the mobile phone conversations of the arrested persons. While going through the conversations, investigators found that the arrested persons, allegedly IS operatives, wanted to procure weapons from West Bengal. The operatives also reportedly found a safe route to procure the weapons from the state.

Non-violent
15 February 12

Malda District

The BSF arrested a man near the Bangladesh border in West Bengal's Malda District along with FICNs of the face value of over INR 13,00,000. The man was seized by the troopers in the early hours in the Daulatpur border outpost area. The BSF so far in the year has seized over INR 27,00,000 FICN and apprehended six smugglers from across the South Bengal frontier.

Non-violent
16 February 23

Durgapur / Bardhaman District

NIA arrested one person, identified as 19 year old Asif Ahmad alias Raju Das from Durgapur in Bardhaman District of West Bengal on suspicions of having links with the Islamic State (IS). It is believed the youth was part of a network that helped plan terror strikes across India and ran an online training module. Acknowledging the youth's detention, NIA's IG Sanjeev Singh said agency and state CID officials, acting on a tip-off, reached Durgapur on February 23 and detained Asif. "He is presently under questioning. He is suspected of having links with IS. He used to stay in a rented accommodation in Durgapur under an alias," Singh said. Officials added that Asif's father Ishaq was also detained and the two are being questioned at the agency's office in Kolkata.

Non-violent
17 February 26

Bardhaman / West Bengal

The NIA is questioning a youth, identified as Asif Ahmed, pursuing a polytechnic course from a Bardhaman college of West Bengal in connection with its "open FIR" against Islamic State (IS). Ahmed, is suspected to be a member of Junud-al-Khilafa-e-Hind (JKH), a self-appointed franchise of IS. NIA sources said that Ahmed had been found to have interacted with other members of the group through social media and material related to IS propaganda had been found on his laptop.

Non-violent
18 February 26

Churianantpur border post / Malda District

The BSF seized FICN with face value exceeding INR 6,00,000 in an operations under the Churianantpur border post in Malda District of West Bengal. "Challenged by a BSF team, the miscreants coming from the Bangladesh side of the border managed to escape but we have seized the FICNs," said a BSF officer. The BSF so far in the year has seized over INR 57,00,000 in FICNs from across the South Bengal frontier and apprehended seven smugglers.

Non-violent
19 March 11

West Bengal

The NIA says FICN racket has spread into states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. In its chargesheet filed against five persons, the NIA says that these persons would source fake currency from Bangladesh. Further the NIA also stated that after completion of investigation against the arrested accused persons, it has been found that all of them are part of an interstate gang involved in the procurement and smuggling of fake currency from their associates in Bangladesh. After procuring and smuggling the same into India, the FICN was then circulated in various part of country especially in Maharashtra and Gujarat, by the members of the gang. Sushanta Sahu of Dhenkanal, Odisha, Uttam Kumar Sinha, Dhanbad, Jharkhand, Purushottam Kumar Keshri, Jharia, Jharkhand, Nishfal Mondal, Malda, West Bengal and Rameshwar Sahu, Giridih, Jharkhand have been named as accused in the chargesheet. The case is based on the seizure of FICN having face value of INR 10,01,000 effected by the official of DRI.

Non-violent
20 March 13

Malda District / West Bengal

The trail of FICN has been traced to Telangana and investigators say that it had first landed in Malda District of West Bengal from Bangladesh. The incident on hand has been reported from the Karimnagar District of Telangana. A car laden with FICN worth INR 2,30,000 had been seized and the Police also took into custody four persons. It was found that these persons had visited Malda and sourced the FICN. Investigations also showed that two persons had brought down one consignment by train while the other by bus. A majority of FICNs are pushed directly into Bangladesh from Pakistan from where it is sent to India. Malda has been the landing point due to the proximity to the Bangladesh border.

Non-violent
21 March 17

Burdwan District / West Bengal

The NIA arrested a student of mechanical engineering in Durgapur in Burdwan District of West Bengal, in connection with its case against the IS. A resident of Hooghly, Ashiq Ahmed was arrested by the agency after several days of questioning. He is alleged to be part of the JKH, a self-appointed IS "franchise" run on the directions of former IM operative Shafi Armar. Sources said Ahmed came in contact with Mohammed Nafees Khan, 'finance chief' of JKH, while surfing jihadi videos over the internet. Khan, who is currently under arrest, reportedly met Ahmed in Kolkata and got him appointed as 'chief' of JKH's Bengal unit.

Non-violent
22 March 17

Malda District / West Bengal

The officials of the CB of CID arrested three persons, identified as Abdul Ismail, Riswan Sheriff and Mohamed Rafiq along with FICN in denominations of 500 and 1,000 with face value of INR 9,99,500 from Korupkupet railway station in Chennai from Guwahati- Bengaluru Express. CB-CID officials said that the three had procured the notes from a person residing in Malda District of West Bengal. The CB-CID sources indicated that the counterfeit notes could have originated from Bangladesh, the country through which FICN printed in Pakistan has been finding way to India through porous border.

Non-violent
23 March 20

Malda / West Bengal

CB-CID arrested three persons in connection with FICN racket in Chennai (Tamil Nadu). Siddique, Syed and Ganesh were arrested after a tip-off from the personnel of the OCIU. The counterfeit currency wing of the CB-CID took over from there and arrested them. "FICNs are brought into the country through the permeable Indo-Bangladesh borders to Malda in West Bengal from where they are ferried to other parts of the country," a Police officer said.

Non-violent
24 March 31 Malda / West Bengal

The trail of FICNs entering Mumbai has led the Police to new players, illegal Bangladeshi migrants working as construction labourers and house help. According to sources, the porous international border in West Bengal's Malda District is the main route for smuggling FICN into the country. Illegal migrants, Police claimed, visit their villages in Bangladesh frequently and carry fake currency notes on their way back into the city, which they eventually spend in the city. In the first two months of 2016, the Mumbai Police have seized FICN worth INR 318,000 in five separate cases. Nine people have been arrested.

Non-violent
25 April 10

West Bengal

Three people, identified as Harish Kumar, Pankaj Narain and Kanwaljeet Singh were arrested in Uttam Nagar area of Delhi along with FICN with a face value of INR 282,000. "The fake currency notes were in the denomination of INR 1,000 and INR 500. It was routed through West Bengal and Bihar," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Kumar said. "Harish Kumar informed during interrogation that he met with one Arjun Sharma who introduced him with one Munna Bhaiya, a kingpin based in Bettiah in Bihar, in 2015 who allured and induced him to join the illegal syndicate to earn quick bucks," said the officer. Kumar then started bringing FICN to Delhi in small quantity and circulated it himself in the local or weekly markets of Delhi and NCR as per the direction of his boss, the officer said. Kumar later organised his network comprising some young boys for circulation of FICN in Delhi.

Non-violent
26 April 20 Malda District

Concerned over circulation of FICN, the Centre has intensified vigil along Indo-Bangladesh border, especially in West Bengal, which has emerged as a major transit point for smuggling counterfeit notes. Pakistan's ISI has been actively pumping fake notes into India and central security agencies are alarmed at the new routes being taken by the spy agency to unleash economic terror. The Union Cabinet on approved transfer of 58.81 acre land, belonging to the Farakka Barrage Project in Malda, to BSF, which guards the international border. The BSF will set up a battalion headquarters in Malda District of West Bengal.

The journey of FICN starts from Pakistan and reaches Bangladesh by air or sea and then reaches India through West Bengal's border District Malda, official sources said. FICN having the face value of INR 9 crore was seized in West Bengal in 2015, setting the alarm bells ringing in security establishment. Printing fake INR 100 note costs about INR 25-30. The major states where the fake Indian currency notes are in circulation are Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Non-violent
27 April 27

Malda District

Police arrested a businessman of Delhi, identified as Asgar Khan, from Bajeyapti village under Baishnabnagar Police Station along with FICN amounting INR 1,35,000. "Khan, a businessman from Gandhinagar area in Delhi came to Malda on two occasions earlier too and stayed in a hotel. This time too he stayed in a hotel and went to Baishnabnagar and Kaliachak to collect the FICN from some peddlers. As we had information about his suspicious movements, we laid a trap for Khan and he was arrested with FICN," said a senior Police official.

Non-violent
28 April 29

Kaliachak market area / Malda District

In a joint operation with Kaliachak Police a team of Mumbai Police arrested a suspected kingpin of a FICN circulation racket from Kaliachak market area in Malda District. FICN of INR 1500 was seized from the Rezzaque Ali. He was produced in court and taken on transit remand for seven days by Mumbai Police.

Non-violent
29 May 8

Malda District

In border outpost Daulatpur of Malda District, BSF troopers seized FICN, being of 1000 and 500 rupee denomination, amounting to nearly INR 20,00,000 being smuggled into India from Bangladesh. Upon being challenged to stop, the miscreants managed to flee leaving behind the money bag. After a thorough search, the BSF ambush party recovered a bag containing FICN wrapped in plastic. The seized currency has been handed over to Police for further action. So far, BSF South Bengal Frontier has seized fake currency of the face value of over INR 97,00,000 during 2016.

Non-violent
30 May 30

Bardhaman District

In its investigation into the October 2, 2014 blast at Bardhaman District of West Bengal the NIA could have stumbled upon the mastermind behind Islamic State (IS) operations in India. The NIA recently submitted its third supplementary charge sheet to the case, naming Enamul Mollah among others. The 25-year-old could be the key to Indian activities of IS, which has declared itself an independent "Caliphate". In the chargesheet, the NIA pointed out that of the 30 persons named, 20 have been arrested but 10 others are absconding, of who six are believed to be in Bangladesh.

During the course of its investigation, NIA stumbled upon some interesting facts about Mollah. The investigators believe, as an active member of the JMB, he organised number of pro-IS programmes at Bardhaman even before the blast.

Non-violent
31 May 30

Bardhaman District

The NIA which has been probing the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast says that the smaller modules of JMB are now heavily engaging in propaganda instead of preparing bombs like they did earlier. While the bomb making industries of the JMB have come to a halt due to an extensive crack down, investigators fear that smaller modules now may be engaging in a propaganda battle.

Enamul Mollah, a JMB operative, who was recently chargesheeted in the Bardhaman case according to the NIA is a highly radicalised youth. He is alleged to have set up small modules which would indulge in propaganda war. It has been happening on a smaller scale, but if these modules succeed, then there is a good chance that the situation could flare up as there could be many takers in West Bengal. Enamul Mollah a resident of South 24 Parganas according to investigations is a highly motivated cadre of JMB. He has also been involved in harbouring of absconders of JMB. He had been in constant communication with absconding accused persons Moulana Yousuf and Abul Kalam @ Ibrahim and arranged shelter for them after the Bardhaman Blast. He assisted in recruiting new members for JMB and also spread their agenda by circulating Jihadi material. He arranged for a radicalisation program where the accused Kausar delivered jihadi speeches, the NIA also states.

Non-violent
32 June 7-8

Bakhrahat area /Thakurpur / South 24 Parganas District

The Kolkata Police arrested two persons, identified as Kamalesh Dey and Raja Mondal along with FICN at Bakhrahat area under Thakurpur Police Station limits. Police seized as many as 19 pieces of fake 100 rupee-notes from their possession. Later on June 8, when Police conducted raid at their residence in Kolkata's Entally area, few fake currency printing machines were recovered.

Non-violent
33 June 11

Kabu

An Indian female aid worker, identified as Judith D' Souza who was abducted by suspected militants in Kabul on June 9 remained untraceable even as Afghan authorities continued efforts to secure her safe release. Judith D'Souza, working for Aga Khan Foundation as senior technical adviser, was abducted along with two other people outside her office in Taimani area of Kabul on June 9 evening. The MEA is in touch with the Afghan authorities to ensure release of 40-year-old Judith, a resident of Kolkata (West Bengal). So far, no group has claimed responsibility for her abduction.

Non-violent
34 June 13

Malda District / West Bengal

BSF personnel seized FICN worth INR 198,000 from Baishnabnagar in Malda District of West Bengal. In 2016, the BSF's South Bengal Frontier seized FICN of face value INR 1,02,20,500 and apprehended seven smugglers. "On Monday, troops of the 24Bn BSF, posted at Border Outpost Sasani in the Baishnabnagar police station area, received information of smuggling of FICN from across the Indo-Bangladesh border. He was identified as Sajal Singha (20), a resident of Jamaipara village in Sabdalpur," a senior BSF official said. On searching Singha, the BSF personnel recovered two bundles wrapped in black polythene.

Non-violent
35 June 27

Hooghly

Engineering student Aashiq Ahmed, arrested by the NIA from Hooghly in West Bengal for being part of Islamic State (IS), had plans to kill the Trinamool Congress MLA from Hooghly, Asima Patra, as he suspected her role in the murder of another TMC leader Kazi Naseeruddin in 2013. Naseeruddin was arrested by Dhanekala Police Station in 2013 and died in custody. According to Aashiq, Naseeruddin was a "very powerful and popular leader from his locality. He was implicated in a false case in connivance with the local police and murdered inside the police lock-up," he is believed to have said. According to NIA, Aashiq had plans to kidnap the MLA and demand extortion for her release as part of Mal-e-Ganimat (war-booty).

Non-violent
36 June 29

Murshidabad District

The BSF arrested a youth, identified as Sheikh Morjem and seized FICN of the face value of INR 1,00,000 from him at New Farakka railway station in Murshidabad District in West Bengal. The BSF so far in the year has seized FICN of the face value exceeding INR 1 crore and apprehended 9 smugglers from across its South Bengal frontier zone.

Non-violent
37 July 3

Cooochbehar District

In the wake of terror attack in Dhaka, the BSF of North Bengal Frontier has increased security arrangements in 199 BOP's including Indo-Bangladesh border near Mekhligunj in Cooochbehar District of West Bengal. According to Suresh Kumar, the senior official of BSF, 13 Battalion, after the militants attack in Bangladesh security, has been tightened along the Indo-Bangladesh border. "BSF is putting a strong vigil over the border lines to avoid any unwanted incident. Our jawans are on high alert, doing duties around the clock in fenced, unfenced and also in the riverine areas. We are also using speed boats and country made boats in the riverine borders," Kumar said. He also said that the BSF is also in contact with the local Police which help us the joint operations.

Non-violent
38 July 4

Burdwan District

Burdwan Police and officials of GRP arrested a 23-year-old terror suspect from the Viswabharati Fast Passenger train at Burdwan railway station in Burdwan District of West Bengal. Sources said that he was travelling to Labhpur in Birbhum District and boarded the train from Howrah station. Sources added that sleuths followed the man from Howrah. According to Police sources, Police and GRP officials interrogated the man throughout Monday night (July 4) and found that he came from Chennai (Tamil Nadu). They also said that he is fluent in seven to eight languages. He was brought to the headquarters of CID in Kolkata for further interrogation. Officials said the NIA and IB have been informed about the arrest.

Non-violent
39 July 4

West Bengal

Bangladesh sent a list of 11 JMB terrorists who may have sneaked into West Bengal after the terror attack at a café in Dhaka to the NIA and the IB. The Awami League Government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent the list with sketches of the 11 terrorists who were said to have links with religious outfits in West Bengal and may have entered the State to seek refuge in Malda, Murshidabad and North 24 Parganas Districts.

Police chiefs of Malda and Murshidabad, which share borders with Rajshahi in Bangladesh, and North 24 Parganas, which is contiguous with Saatkhira, considered to be JMB strongholds, held meetings with the BGB.The NIA and BSF also informed their counterparts in Bangladesh about the terror camps being run in Saatkhira, Rajshahi and Jhenaidaha Districts of Bangladesh.

Non-violent
40 July 5

Bardhaman

The suspected terrorist arrested from Viswabharati Fast Passenger train at Bardhaman station has links with Islamic State (IS) and JMB, the West Bengal Crime Investigation Department said. A resident of Labhpur in Birbhum District, 25-year-old Mosiruddin alias Mosi alias Majnu, has admitted to having links with top IS leaders and the JMB through e-mails, social networking sites and mobile phones, DIG (CID) Dilip Adak stated. "We are not ruling out his link with the IS. A 13-inch chopper, an improvised small firearm and three rounds of cartridges were recovered from him," Adak stated.

Non-violent
41 July 6

Labhpur / Birbhum District

Two Islamic State (IS) operatives, identified as Saddam Hossain alias Kallu, and Mohammed Abbasuddin alias Amin were arrested from Labhpur in Birbhum District, DIG (CID) Dilip Adak said. The two were allegedly recruited by Mosiruddin, another IS operative arrested a day earlier. Mosiruddin was produced at a Howrah court, which remanded him in Police custody for 14 days. Kallu and Amin were also charged with sedition. A CID officer said Mosiruddin had received several phone calls from Syria, Iraq and Bangladesh. According to sources, Mosiruddin revealed during interrogation that a "list" was being prepared of top IPS officers. "But he didn't say why that list is being prepared. We are checking whether he was lying to confuse us," an officer said.

Non-violent
42 July 6

West Bengal

JMB, responsible for the July 1, 2016 Dhaka poses a real threat to India as well, especially bordering states like West Bengal and Assam. Investigators said six JMB leaders, who formed units in Bardhaman District of West Bengal, are still absconding and they could plan the attacks.

Non-violent
43 July 7

Malda District

The interrogation of suspected Islamic State (IS) operative, Masiuddin, alias Musa, has revealed that the accused had close links with Mohammad Suleiman, who is an important member of JMB module as well as with Yousuf, who is a top member of the AuT. Three months back, Musa had met Suleiman at a reception ceremony in Malda District of West Bengal.

Non-violent
44 July 9

West Bengal

The 10 Bangladeshi youths who are missing for months and feared to have been recruited by terror outfits like Huji or JMB and trained in the Islamic State (IS) module, are believed to be hiding in West Bengal and the Bangladesh Government has shared their details with Delhi. Vigil has been intensified at the Indo-Bangladesh border in Malda, Murshidabad and North 24-Parganas Districts following the Bangladeshi alert. The youths, most of them belong to upper middle class families and are aged 18-26 years were identified as Md Basaruzzaman, Junayed Khan, Jubayedur Rahim, Ibrahim Hasan Khan and Asraf Mahmmad Islam of Dhaka; Tamim Ahmed Choudhury and Saifullah Ojaki of Srihatta; Najibullah Ansari of Chapai Nawab Gunj and Tajuddin of Lakshmipur. Areas like Hili, Changrabandha, Malda and Murshidabad have been identified as potential hiding zones.

Non-violent
45 July 10 West Bengal

Unemployed youth, preferably from Muslim community, are being roped in by handlers of terror groups like Islamic State (IS) and JMB to expand their networks in border Districts of West Bengal. 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 Bardhaman, Murshidabad and Birbhum, a CID official of West Bengal said. 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.

Non-violent
46 July 17 North 24-Parganas District

A middleman, Abdul Baqi Mondal linked to various Pakistan-based terror outfits including JeM and HM was arrested by Police from the Indo-Bangladesh border near Basirhat in North 24-Parganas District. Mondal, who was in 2005 arrested and jailed for sheltering six JeM terrorists who had been subsequently killed during an attack on the Ayodhya shrine, marks a breakthrough in the infiltration racket. Mondal was hiding in Matia, a border village, when Basirhat Police accompanied by a special team raided it following a tip-off.

Non-violent
47 July 17 Bardhaman

A special court has framed charges against 30 persons in October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case under the UAPA and the Arms Act, adding that the trial in the case would begin on August 19. Charges were framed against 30 accused - of whom 20 are in custody while 10 continue to abscond - by Chief Judge Suvra Ghosh, NIA counsel Shyamal Ghosh said. According to the counsel, the accused were "indirectly or directly involved with the JMB and aimed to destabilize the Bangladeshi government by trying to utilise Indian soil".

The charges were framed under the IPC sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), and 125 (offences related to SAARC countries) besides, sections 16 (punishment for terrorist act), 17 (punishment for raising funds for terrorist act), 18 (punishment for conspiracy) and 20 (punishment for being members of terrorist group) of the UAPA Act. Charges were also slapped under Section 5 (punishment for making and possessing explosives) of the Explosive Substances Act along with Section 25 (1b) of the Arms Act, he said. During investigation, statements of 460 witnesses were recorded and over 6,500 documents and material evidence were produced before the court.

Non-violent
48 July 20

Kolkata

Kolkata Police has decided to recruit around 100 software and networking experts on contract for its STF that will keep an eye on activities of terror recruitment on the Internet. The West Bengal Home Department has given its node to the Kolkata Police for an immediate recruitment of 40 such experts on contract in the initial stage. The move was initiated after Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar stressed on the need for better monitoring of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter where the police believe terror groups "spot" potential recruits.

Non-violent
49 July 27

West Bengal

Illicit poppy cultivation in the border districts of West Bengal and smuggling of the contraband across the border to Bangladesh and elsewhere are worrying intelligence authorities because it has turned out to be among the principal sources of funds for terror outfits like the JMB. CID sources stated that the strategic position of these districts facilitated rise in illegal cultivation of poppy, which "has become a major fund generating business drawing several hundreds of youths into it". Apart from Malda District's Ratua, Kaliachak and Baishnabnagar, poppy is also allegedly secretly grown at Nowada and Beldanga in Murshidabad District besides Dubrajpur, Ilambazar and Kankartala in Birbhum District.

Non-violent
50 August 6

Kaliachak area / Malda District

A special team of Police raided the house of Alim Sheikh in Kaliachak area of Malda District, and seized two improvised firearms (one 9 am and another 7 mm) along with four live ammunitions two each for those firearms. Arnab Ghosh, the SP said that Sheikh was earlier arrested on August 5, along with FICN amounting INR 91,000. "He has multiple criminal records and he would further be grilled," Ghosh said.

The SP, Malda also said that a special team was constituted two weeks back with an eye to curbing the crimes in Kaliachak. "Although raids are being constituted across the district, the emphasis is especially on different areas under Kaliachak police station. In last three weeks district police have executed 750 non-bailable warrants and another 750 persons with cognizable crime records were booked too. 13 firearms and 33 ammunitions were seized also," he said.

Non-violent
51 August 7

Malda District

The NIA arrested one person, identified as Rubel Mia (25), wanted for involvement in a FICN supply ring operated from Bangladesh, from his residence in Malda District of West Bengal. Later, an NIA Special Court sent him to 6-day Police remand. Sources said, Rubel was the main courier for bringing counterfeit notes across the Indo-Bangladesh border and supplying it to dealers in West Bengal. The FICN would then reach other states.

While NIA has already arrested six persons in the case, Rubel and three others, Prashanto Mondal, Ashok Gupta and Anarul were absconding. A reward of INR 25000 each was announced on them last month. NIA sources say that the fake currency notes originated in Pakistan, with the main conspirators based there.

Non-violent
52 August 19

Kolkata

A Bangladesh intelligence team has arrived in Kolkata to interrogate the suspected Islamic State (IS) operative Mohammad Maisuddin alias Musa who was remanded to the custody of the NIA for two days by a city court. However, his counsel said that the remand to NIA custody was "totally pointless" as Musa had already spent more than a month in Police custody. "An intelligence team from Bangladesh including officials of the RAB, which is probing the recent terror attack in Dhaka, arrived in the city on Monday to interrogate Mr. Maisuddin," said an official involved in the investigation.

Non-violent
53 August 20

Kolkata

The mastermind behind the Holey Artisan attack in Dhaka and the murder of English professor Rezaul Karim at Rajshahi university is fugitive JMB leader Mohammed Suleiman, a key Islamic State (IS) operative arrested in India revealed. Indian national Mohammad Masiuddin alias Abu Musa told his interrogators that the April 23 killing of the professor and the July 1 attack on the upmarket cafe in Dhaka were linked to Suleiman, this is the first time such a claim has come to light. Musa also told investigators that Suleiman who had asked him to carry out 'lone wolf' attacks on foreigners in India travelled to Kolkata (West Bengal) two days after the professor's murder and stayed at a hotel and was accompanied by another yet to be identified person associated with the jihadi outfit and IS.

Agencies are trying to ascertain whether the person staying with Suleiman was Abu Ibrahim Al-Hanif alias Tamim Chowdhury, the emir (chief) of Islamic State (Bangladesh). Bangladesh has already expressed apprehension that Suleiman and Canadian-Bangladeshi Tamim could be hiding in India. Sources said Musa's latest revelation gives credence to Bangladesh's suspicion that Islamic State leaders associated with JMB used India as a "hideout". The photographs and other details have already been shared by Bangladeshi authorities with their Indian counterparts.

Non-violent
54 August 23

Kaliachak area / Malda District

Two persons, identified as Abdul Karim Khan and Babul Sheikh were arrested and FICN with the face value of INR 3,80,000 were recovered from them by BSF personnel from Kaliachak area of Malda District. Arrested persons were later handed over to the Police, the BSF said. "On August 23, information was received by BSF regarding smuggling of FICN near the border outpost at Gulabganj. The BSF along with local police launched a special operation in the area near GBS High Madrasa at Baburbana under Kaliachak police station area, Malda," the press statement said. Two suspects were coming from Gulabganj to Kaliachak on a motorcycle when they were challenged by the operation party.

Non-violent
55 September 10 Farakka area / Malda District

The BSF arrested two persons, identified as Subroto Mondal and Palash Mondal for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of FICN in Farakka area in the Malda District. FICN amounting INR 1,37,000 was recovered from them. Acting on a tip off, a joint operation was conducted by the troops of Sector Headquarters BSF Malda, 24 Battalion BSF and Police personnel from Baishnabnagar Police Station at Farakka PTS More (Township More) in the Malda District, a statement released by the BSF said.

Both are residents of Khutipara area of Churiantpur, a village on the international border with Bangladesh in Malda District. The BSF, South Bengal Frontier, so far in 2016, seized FICN with a face value of INR 1,15,31,000 and arrested 13 smugglers.

Non-violent
56 September 24-25 North 24 Parganas District & Burdwan District

Six top JMB militants, including three of Indian origin, were arrested from Assam and West Bengal. Acting on a tip off, one JMB militant, identified as Jahidul S. alias Jabirul was arrested from Cachar District in Assam on September 24. Following his interrogation, Moulana Yusuf alias Abu Khetab and Shahidul Islam were arrested from Bashirhat, and Anwar Hossain Farook and Mohammad Rubel from Bagda road in Bangaon, both in North 24 Parganas District on September 25. "STF of Kolkata Police has arrested six Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh terrorists," Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Visal Garg said. "These six are part of the top leadership of JMB," he said, adding five of them are named in the chargesheet filed by the NIA in the Khagragarh blast case in Burdwan District on October 2, 2014. Police recovered a laptop, mobile phones, SD cards, wires, detonators, a powder like substance and fake identity documents from them. "The powder like substance can be explosive. We will get it examined by experts," said Garg.

The arrested militants included Anwar Hossain Farook of Jamalpur in Bangladesh, who was the head of the JMB unit in West Bengal. Another arrested militant was Moulana Yusuf alias Abu Khetab from Mangalkot of Burdwan District, the second in command in JMB. The other four are Shahidul Islam, the head of JMB's North Eastern unit, Mohammad Rubel - an expert in improvised explosive devices - hailing from Jamalpur in Bangladesh, Abul Kalam from Barpeta District in Assam and Jahidul S. alias Jabirul from Bangladesh. Garg said the STF was keeping an eye on JMB activities and tracking those who had absconded to the northeastern or southern India hideouts.

Non-violent
57 September 27 North 24 Parganas District

The NIA arrested one of the top ringleaders of FICN racket, at a location in Jessore Road in North 24 Parganas District. The arrested person, identified as Ashim Kumar Saha, is a native of Malda District. The NIA will look into whether the accused has any terror links and his interrogations are likely to reveal whether there are links between fake currency note rackets, operating mainly in Malda and terror modules from across the border.

Non-violent
58 September 27 Malda District

`The BSF seized FICN valued at around INR 5,00,000 from a border outpost in Malda District while it was being smuggled from Bangladesh to India. The BSF received an information regarding smuggling of FICN in the area of Border Out Post near Kaliachak, in Malda District. During an ambush operation, the personnel observed suspicious movements on both sides of the Indo-Bangladesh Border fence wherein two persons came near the fence from Bangladesh side and threw a bundle over to the Indian side. Miscreants hidden on the Indian side tried to collect the bundle, but the ambush party challenged them.

Non-violent
59 September 27 Malda District

In an incident of smuggling of weapon in the area of Baishnavnagar in Malda District, the BSF laid a trap near the Indo-Bangladesh Border fence where one person came near the fence from Bangladesh side and threw a bundle over to the Indian side. The patrolling party searched the area and recovered one Country Made Pistol along with one magazine wrapped with cloth.

Non-violent
60 September 27 Kolkata

Following the arrest of six JMB operatives, Kolkata Police said that there are still two modules in South India which need to neutralized. Operatives of the JMB have often sought shelter in South India after carrying out an operation in West Bengal or Bangladesh. The traces of JMB operatives entering South India have been discovered on more than two occasions. While the JMB which has tied up with the Islamic State (IS), has decided on establishing the Bengal Caliphate, it also nurtures plans in South India. Officials say that they are on the look for three operatives who could have moved into South India. Maulana Yusuf, Nasirullah and Kausar are the three men on the Police radar. It is suspected that these people may have crossed over into South India with an intention of setting up a module.

Statement
61 September 27 West Bengal

The security agencies of India and Bangladesh are sharing all available intelligence inputs on the activities of the terrorist outfits on day to day basis and the move is yielding the desired results as a number of JMB operatives have been apprehended on the basis of such inputs. Security sources said that the Islamic State (IS) has managed to establish its foothold in Bangladesh with the help of a faction of the JMB, which is a cause of concern for India.

Sources said that according to information available with the Indian security agencies, a faction of the JMB has shifted its allegiance to the IS and the Government of Bangladesh term the members of that faction as the "New JMB". This is also a matter of concern for India as the possibility of the IS backed outfit trying to expand its base to the Northeast and West Bengal cannot be ruled out. Sources further pointed out that the JMB has always been trying to establish its bases in India, particularly in Assam and West Bengal, which was proved by arrests of a number of members of the outfit in both the states. But if the members of the IS-backed faction of the JMB also manage to sneak into India by taking advantage of the porous international border, it would pose a serious security threat to India, sources admitted.

Non-violent
62 October 1 Murshidabad District and Malda District

Three persons were arrested along with FICN in separate incidents in a joint operation by the intelligence wing of the BSF and the NIA from Farakka in Murshidabad District and Kaliachak in Malda District. It has been learnt from sources that those persons were identified as Rasid Sheikh, Taleb Ali and Mohammed Lalchand Sheikh. Acting on a tip off the officials of the 'G' wing of BSF and the NIA raided a locality adjacent to Farakka railway station. Rasid Sheikh and Taleb Ali were arrested from there with FICN amounting 2, 13,000. After interrogating the duo, the special operation team arrested Mohammed Lalchand Sheikh from his house at Hasnabad village of Uttar Laxmipur under Kaliachak Police Station. After intensive interrogation all three of them were handed over to Kaliachak Police.

Non-violent
63 October 4 South 24 Parganas District

Police unearthed an illegal arms manufacturing unit at a house in the Amtala area of Canning in South 24 Parganas District and arrested the owner of the house, Abu Siddiqui. The factory was busted following information revealed by a miscreant identified as Shamsuddin Sardar, who was arrested earlier in the day from the Dharmatala area of Gopalpur in Canning, Police said. Five revolvers, lathe and drill machines, a dice used in manufacturing of one-shotter guns and plenty of revolver-making parts and raw material were seized from the house.

"Apart from these, FICN with face value of INR 20,000 were also seized from Abu Siddiqui...Preliminary investigations have revealed that he used to sell illegal arms in the Sunderbans and in North 24 Parganas district," a senior police officer said.

With this, four illegal arms-manufacturing factories have been neutralised by Police at Maheshtala, Baruipur and Canning in South 24 Parganas District. "We are interrogating the factory-owner to ascertain if he had any links with the illegal arms factories at Maheshtala and Baruipur or, if has any contacts with illegal gun-movers and makers in Bihar's Munger," Additional Superintendent of Police (East) Arijit Sinha said.

Non-violent
64 October 11

India

After arresting over 50 suspects for conspiring to set-up terror modules inspired by the Islamic State (IS) or for providing material support to the militant group, the NIA has identified another 130 radicalised individuals, believed to be in contact with the accused. This watch list is a "preemptive measure" by the agency to track and monitor these individuals.

The individuals on the watch list have not participated in any incriminating activities till now. They are, however, active on the social media and have made efforts on ground to gather support for IS, officials said. "They've tried to gather support for IS online and offline and enroll other members. They themselves, however, have refrained from joining any module,'' they added. The decision to put these individuals under surveillance was taken recently, after a few names cropped up frequently during interrogations. Consequently, the NIA wrote to police authorities in nine states - Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Haryana - asking them to monitor these supporters.

Non-violent
65 October 12

Kolkata

NIA, probing October 2, 2014 Khagragarh blast, wants the terrorists arrested by Kolkata Police's Special Task Force in their custody. NIA's demand came after one of the terrorists, Anwar Hussain Faruk, made a revelation -a so-called defunct Bangladesh-based outfit, Shahadat-e-al-Hikma has been training new recruits of different terror organisations of the sub-continent. According to Bangladesh home department, this outfit was initially funded by Dawood Ibrahim. Investigators said most of the terrorists in the country are indoctrinated by this group. Interestingly, it doesn't even exist in the sub-continent's terror map.

Non-violent
66 October 13

Bardhaman District

The NIA took over custody of five suspected operatives of JMB connection with the October 2, 2014 Khagragarh (Bardhaman District) blast. They have been identified as, Moulana Yousuf, Jahidul Sheikh alias Zafar alias Jabirul, Mohammad Rafique, Shahidul alias Shamim and Abdul Kalam alias Kalim. The STF of Kolkata Police had arrested six militants from Assam in the last week of September for allegedly conspiring to carry out blasts in the country, and also striking a deal with Bodo militants. Of the six, five were named in a chargesheet filed by NIA in the case.

Non-violent
67 October 14

Churiantpur / Malda District

BSF troops recovered two country-made pistols, four magazines and five rounds of ammunition near Churiantpur in Malda District. "The country-made automatic pistols were probably made in Munger in Bihar and were being sent across the border to Bangladesh. On Friday evening, troops of the 24Bn BSF from BOP Churiantpur received a tip-off regarding gunrunning activity. During a special joint operation with the police, two groups were seen approaching a mandir from the Churiantpur and Gulapganj sides. The two groups met near the mandir and were challenged by the security personnel. The miscreants managed to escape due to poor visibility and waterlogging. While escaping they dropped a cloth bag that was retrieved by the troops. The two guns, magazines and cartridges were found inside," a senior BSF officer said.

The Indo-Bangladesh border along Kaliachak and Baishnabnagar in Malda District of West Bengal is fast emerging as a transit route for illegal arms. Over the last few weeks, the BSF seized several arms consignments being smuggled into Bangladesh. Some of these could be for operatives of JMB, security agencies suspect.

Non-violent
68 October 16

Pradhan Nagar

West Bengal CID arrested two persons, including an ex-serviceman of AR, along with FICN worth INR 44000 from Darjeeling More area under Siliguri Police Commissionerate's Pradhan Nagar Police Station limits in West Bengal. According to reports, acting on specific source inputs, CID arrested Assam Rifle's ex-serviceman Pradeep Gogoi and his companion Sudhir Sarkar alias Sudhir Mondal and seized huge FICN from their possessions. "Pradeep Gogoi, who is a resident of Dibrugarh in Assam, and West Bengal's Malda district's resident Sudhir Sarkar are the kingpins of a North-East based FICN racket," a senior official of CID mentioned.

Non-violent
69 October 16

West Bengal

India's most wanted fugitive terrorist Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar is funding huge amount of money to raise terror networks in West Bengal, Intelligence sources say. Bangladesh terror organisations run by Dawood's money are routing funds and exporting terrorists to India, sources in the STF claim quoting Hussein Anwar a 'most wanted terrorist' in that country.

Non-violent
70 October 20

Farakka in Malda District

Two persons, identified as Abdul Matin and Azrul Sheikh were arrested along with FICN worth INR 50,000 from Farakka in Malda District. The two are residents of Malda. According to sources, further investigations are going on.

Non-violent
71 October 20

North 24 Parganas District

A woman, identified as Shanti Bepari hailing from North 24 Parganas District was arrested in English Bazaar Police Station area of Malda District for allegedly peddling FICN amounting INR 1,00,000. However, two of her male companions ran away. It has been learnt from sources in the District Police department that 100 fake notes of INR 500 and another 50 fake currencies of INR 1000 were seized from her possession.

Police have learnt that the woman and her two male companions went to Kaliachak, to collect FICN. A senior Police official said, "It is unusual that the woman came from such a distance to peddle FICN. We are trying to gather more information from her about FICN racket." Arnab Ghosh, the Superintendent of Police said, "A woman with FICN amounting 1 lakh has been nabbed. We are looking into the matter."

Non-violent
72 October 27

Malda District

BSF personnel seized FICN of face value of INR 9,45,000 from West Bengal's Malda District.

Non-violent
73 October 28

West Bengal

Assault rifles used in the Gulshan cafe attack in Dhaka on July 1, 2016 were made in West Bengal with the help of Pakistani experts, one of the six terrorists arrested by Kolkata STF in September in connection with the Khagragarh blast (October 2, 2014) has told NIA sleuths. According to the arrested terrorist, Pakistani tribal gunsmiths clandestinely visited Malda District of West Bengal to train gunsmiths from Munger, who set up base in the district to make AK-22 assault rifles. These weapons were then smuggled into Bangladesh via Chapainawabgunj. The NIA investigators suspect the Pakistanis who conducted the training were from the Darra Adam Khel community that resides in a village located between Peshawar and Kohat. The community is believed to regularly help the Taliban in duplicating modern weapons.

Non-violent
74 October 30

West Bengal

West Bengal with its porous borders has turned into an easy transit point and secure hideout for the agents of terror outfits like JMB and Pakistan's ISI. "West Bengal's border is porous and this was used by militant groups to get an entry into the country and spread to other states. This is nothing new. The state has became a safe and secure shelter for them," an official stated. Militant outfits like JMB, Islamic State (IS) and ISI operatives are recruiting agents and training them here, he added. A special task force of Kolkata Police had arrested six top JMB militants, including four wanted, in connection with the 2014 Bardhaman blast case, from West Bengal and Assam in September. "Taking advantage of the unemployment situation, the agents have been recruiting people with ease. These groups also have recruitment cells which look for possible youths either studying in senior schools or looking for job as their possible targets," the official said.

Non-violent
75 November 5

Rail Gate area / Siliguri

Police recovered a stockpile of 609 gelatin sticks, 200 detonators and coils of wire from a house in Rail Gate area of Siliguri and arrested three Nepal citizens, identified as Dawa Tshering Bhutia alias Dawa Gurung, and Puja Limbu, his wife, and an associate of the couple, Krishna Prasad Adhikary. The Police have said the couple used to work in coal mines in Meghalaya. They had moved to Siliguri three months ago and taken a room in a two-storey house on rent in the Rail Gate area of the town. Adhikary, worked with a private security agency.

Police sources said the trio wanted to sell the stockpile of explosives, the detonators and wires and were on the lookout for customers. The Police suspect that the trio got the explosives either from the coal mines in Meghalaya, where the couple worked, or from Nepal. Adhikary was from the Panchthar District of Nepal and the couple from Khanpari.

Non-violent
76 November 23

Murshidabad District

A team of Mandsaur police have arrested one of the main suppliers of FICN, identified as Himel Sheikh alias Samirul Islam, a resident of Murshidabad District of West Bengal from areas bordering Bangladesh. Himel was the main supplier of fake notes with face value of INR 500 to a Mandsaur-based gang that was busted by the police on March 29, 2015. The Mandsaur police had arrested Mubarik Ajmeri, Umar Ajmeri and Siddique Ajmeri - all residents of Mandsaur District of Madhya Pradesh- and Shubhan Sheikh of Murshidabad. Fake currency notes with face value of INR 96,000 were seized from them. During interrogation, the quartet had revealed that Himel was the point person, who supplied FICN from across the border.

Non-violent
77 December 8

Kolkata

A seven member team of FBI, arrived in Kolkata to interrogate Islamic State (IS) terrorist Mohammad Musiruddin alias Musa. The team arrived at the NIA office in Kolkata. Musa was arrested in July, 2016 by the CID. Musa was one of the six operatives of JMB who were arrested by Kolkata Police's STF and CID in connection to the Khagragarh blast incident.

Report said that, after a "marathon interrogation" by FBI, Musa who is said to have planned attacks against US nationals in India on behalf of the JMB was sent back to judicial custody on December 9. Sources said the American agency grilled him regarding his involvement in the Dhaka cafe attack on July 1 as those killed were mostly foreigners. The FBI allegedly also asked him about how IS lured youths to join the outfit. Musa allegedly told them that creating hatred for "white people" in the minds of the youth was one of their targets. The interrogation, said to be a part of FBI's global study and monitoring of detainees with links to IS operatives, mainly concentrated on Musa's international connections, said sources.

Non-violent
78 December 11

Delhi

An emerging American link has come to light in the investigation of the Islamic State (IS) inspired terror cases with the NIA identifying a key recruiter, Abu Isa al Amriki-one of the planners of the terror group's external operations division which planned and executed terror attacks in foreign countries- to have set his eyes on India for recruitment of young Muslims. NIA officials have found glaring similarities in the modus operandi employed by al Amriki in at least two instances, Hyderabad module involving five men and a case of a lone wolf in Kolkata where the suspects were ready to commit terror acts in the name of IS. It has now prompted the US FBI to keep a close eye and coordinate with the NIA on the Indian IS related cases.

Non-violent
79 December 15

Kolkata

The FBI team's visit to Kolkata to question arrested Islamic State (IS) terror group operative Mohammad Masiuddin alias Musa, was essentially to gather more information on his Syria-based handler Shafi Armar, alias Yousuf al Hindi, and his alleged plans to harm US interests. According to top sources in the Indian security establishment, US agencies have been tracking the activities of Armar, who they suspect is in touch with radicalised American youth either looking to join or already recruited by IS. They also suspect Armar may be planning to target US interests and American citizens in India and elsewhere.

Non-violent
80 December 15

North 24-Parganas District

FICN case records in West Bengal for the six-month period between May and October reveal that North 24-Parganas District has emerged as a close second behind Malda District in the circulation of counterfeit currency. Different Police Stations in North 24-Parganas registered 31 FICN cases during the six-month window. Murshidabad Police Stations registered 24 cases. Malda topped the list with 45. Bardhaman was the fourth with 16 cases.

A few years ago, North 24-Parganas was not prominent on the fake note map at all. According to RBI records, INR 521,155 counterfeit notes with face value of INR 20.16 million were seized in 2011-12. On the basis of data obtained from different central and state agencies, RBI found that over 80 per cent of these notes came in through Malda, Murshidabad and Nadia districts. All these districts, Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia and North 24-Parganas share a border with Bangladesh.

Non-violent
81 December 23

Kolkata

Suspected Islamic State (IS) cadre Mohammed Masiuddin alias Musa (25), allegedly had planned to attack the Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity located in Mullick Bazar in Kolkata in West Bengal. This is according to a December 23 charge sheet filed by the NIA in Bankshall court in Kolkata. Musa was arrested earlier this year for his alleged links to terror groups such as Islamic State (IS) and JMB. The Mother house is visited by foreigners frequently. According to the NIA, during interrogation, Musa had allegedly revealed his plans to attack and the Mother House, which he claimed to be a 'soft target'. According to Police sources, security has been increased in and around Mother House area now. Musa is currently under judicial custody till January 3, 2017.

Non-violent
82 December 28

Kolkata

The West Bengal Government has set up a new intelligence agency, Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) to counter terrorism, neutralise terror modules and invigilate suspicious movements in Bengal and also to foil militant infiltration into the state. According to reports, LIU has already started its operations under direct monitoring of state's IB department. State's Home Affairs department's officials said that skilled Police officers from Kolkata Police and West Bengal Police force have been sent on deputation to the unit.

Non-violent

2015

Sl. No.

Date

Place

Incident

Nature
1

January 6

West Bengal

Coast Guard vessels operating from West Bengal's Haldia and Frazergunj stations in Bay of Bengal have increased vigil along the east coast after intelligence reports warned of a possible terror strike before or during US President Barrack Obama's visit to India.

Non-violent
2
January 14

Burdwan, West Bengal

To gather evidence against alleged JMB member Rejaul Karim, who was arrested in connection with Burdwan blast (October 2, 2014) case, the NIA is now approaching forensic imagery experts to positively identify him as one of the JMB members seen in a video clip of a training session at the Simulia madrasa in Burdwan in West Bengal. Rejaul has allegedly confessed that he attended the session, and that he can be seen on the edges of the frame in the clip shown to him by interrogators. However, only one side of his body is visible, while his face is not seen. NIA sources said they were sending the clip for digital enhancement and forensic analysis to positively identify Rejaul from any distinguishing features on his limbs.

Non-violent
3
January 27

Birbhum, Nadia and Murshidabad

NIA arrested four persons in connection with the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case after carrying out raids across three districts of Birbhum, Nadia and Murshidabad in West Bengal. Among the arrested is one of the main recruiters for Bangladeshi terror group JMB, Dalim Sheikh alias Faijul Hoque Sheik. The other arrested are Motiur Rehman alias Noor Alam, Habibur Rehman Sheikh and Ghiyasuddin Munshi. While Dalim hails from Birbhum and Motiur from Nadia, the other two are from Murshidabad.

Non-violent
4
January 28

Kaliachak of Malda District

In Kaliachak of Malda District, the BSF seized FICNs with a face value of INR one million. The fake notes were in denominations of INR 1,000 and INR 500.

Non-violent
5
January 30

West Bengal

Fishing boats less than 20 metres in length continue to pose security threat along the West Bengal and Odisha coasts, says the Coast Guard. While larger vessels are fitted with AIS, there is no mechanism to regulate the movement of the smaller boats. Though nearly 98 per cent of fishermen in West Bengal have been issued biometric identity cards, these have to be physically checked by Coast Guard personnel.

Non-violent
6
February 3

Murshidabad

The NIA arrested one more person, identified as Mufazzil Haque from Mokimnagar area of the Murshidabad District in West Bengal bordering Bangladesh in connection with the October 2, 2014, Burdwan blast case. NIA alleged that Haque was running a madrassa in Murshidabad where youths were recruited for JMB and he was a close associate of Sheikh Rehmatullah alias Sajjid, who was arrested by the NIA in November, 2014. The new arrest came days after four JMB militants, who were running terror camps in West Bengal, were arrested in connection with the blast. NIA said the investigation so far has revealed that JMB had established its network in many Districts, particularly in Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum and Burdwan in West Bengal, Barpeta in Assam, and Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand.

Non-violent
7
February 6

B B Ganguly Street in central Kolkata

STF personnel arrested a person, identified as Mubarak Alam alias Sk Muba along with FICNs of the face value of INR 8.1 million from B B Ganguly Street in central Kolkata in West Bengal. Report said that this is perhaps the biggest recovery of FICN in West Bengal. Sources said the Kolkata Police were in touch with their counterparts in IB and other intelligence and investigating agencies to ascertain Sk Muba's links with various terror groups that have established bases in West Bengal. The Police, who have recently become aware of the presence of JMB terrorists in Bengal in the wake of the Burdwan blast of October 2, 2014, are unwilling to take any chance. According to reports, Police are planning to slap charges on Sk Muba under sections 120B, 489B and 489C of the IPC.

Non-violent
8
February 6

Malda railway station in Malda District

BSF arrested two men, identified as Ishraful and Md Sahabuddin from Malda railway station in Malda District with FICN of the face value of INR 2.84 lakh. The arrests and seizure were made during a joint operation by the Troops of 125th Battalion and CRPF.

Non-violent
9
February 23

Burdwan

According to reports there appears to be contradictory views about the JMB setting up the Burdwan (West Bengal) module, as the NIA in its chargesheet is likely to suggest that the operation was aimed at carrying out terror strikes in India, while Bangladesh continues to maintain that the intention of the JMB was to hit at the Sheikh Hasina regime. The NIA says that on interrogation of the all the accused persons it has learnt that they had been setting up modules to carry out strikes in West Bengal, Assam among other states in India. Bangladesh on the other hand says that the JMB has only one intention and that is to shake up PM of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and her government. They found it hard to set up modules in Bangladesh and hence chose West Bengal where they were readying a module to strike at the Awami League (AL) led by Sheikh Hasina.

Non-violent
10
February 23

Burdwan

Bangladesh would request India to extradite all the accused India has arrested in connection with the Burdwan (West Bengal) blasts case. Bangladesh contends that the entire module was being set up to commit an offence in Bangladesh and hence all of them be extradited.

Non-violent
11
March 2

Central Kolkata

The STF of Kolkata Police arrested one person, identified as Chandrasekhar Jaiswal and uncovered a FICN racket. The STF seized FICN with face value of over INR 100 million from Jaiswal. "We nabbed Jaiswal from central Kolkata and seized as many as 200 fake notes of Rs 1000 from his personal possession. We carried out raids at two locations - CIT Road at Manicktala and Domjur and seized 450 gunny bags containing scraps of Indian currency notes from his godown at Domjur...From his residence at Manicktala, we seized fake currency notes, industrial equipment, chemicals, stamps and cheques. We also seized 20 4G internet dongles and unused SIM cards purchased from Kolkata," said Deputy Commissioner, STF, Amit Javalgi. "We are trying to explore all the other angles of this racket - including links to terrorist outfits. We have also contacted other Central investigating agencies to find out if the fake currency was channelised outside the country," added Javalgi.

Non-violent
12 March 3

Kolkata

The discovery of a FICN production unit in Kolkata has sent alarm bells ringing in the security establishment. Housed in a three-storeyed residential building, at Kankurgachi area of the city the racket is suspected to have been in operation for nearly five years. Police have sought help from all central agencies, including NIA. The UMHA and RBI have also been alerted. "If they are manufacturing foreign currencies, it is obvious they have ready buyers. Besides, they would need raw material and dices to replicate foreign currencies. It is obvious the gang was operating in close coordination with an international racket. We cannot move forward with the probe unless we get proper assistance from central agencies," a Police officer said.

Non-violent
13 March 10 Burdwan

The charge sheet in the October 2, 2014 Burdwan blast case, to be submitted by the NIA to the court on March 31, allegedly claims that the Burdwan module of the JMB was trying to bring 'Sharia law' in some Districts on the Indo-Bangladesh border - a glaring instance of 're-emergence of JMB' in India. Sources in the NIA said the charge sheet, which will be submitted within six months of the blast, will give details about the JMB module working in Burdwan, West Bengal.

The NIA, while describing JMB's Burdwan module, has reportedly claimed in its charge sheet that the explosives were scheduled to reach the bordering areas in Assam. Sources said the agency has no evidence to prove that the explosives were smuggled to Bangladesh. All the 17 arrested in the Burdwan blast case have been charged under UAPA. Those arrested, including a Bangladeshi and two "hardcore women Jihadis", have been accused of carrying out "terrorist activities" and "making and dealing with explosives and arms", the charge sheet reportedly stated. Besides those arrested, the NIA is currently looking for 10 people. They include Boma Mizan alias Kausar alias Zahidul Islam Shobhan - accused in over two dozen cases in Bangladesh. One of the most wanted criminals in Bangladesh, he had fled from the custody of Bangladeshi Police. Meanwhile, the charge-sheet also focused on Khariji madrasas in the bordering Districts. The NIA reportedly has mentioned two madrassas, Simulia in Burdwan and Mukimnagar in Murshidabad as "terror training" centres.

Non-violent
14 March 12 Bardhaman

The NIA is yet to come across any evidence to suggest that any cadre or leader of TMC was involved in the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case. "The NIA has completed first leg of its probe into the case and sought sanction of the UMHA to charge sheet 23 alleged suspects of terror outfit JMB under the UAPA. So far, no involvement of any TMC cadre or leader has come to light," said an unnamed Government Official.

Non-violent
15 March 13 Bardhaman

A court in Kolkata, West Bengal extended till March 27, 2015 the judicial custody of all 17 accused including Mufazzal Haque alias Laden in the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case. All the 17 accused were presented before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Biswarup Seth on the expiry of their respective juridical custody. On the plea by the prosecution, the court remanded them to further judicial custody for 14 days till March 27.

Non-violent
16 March 14 Bardhaman District

Two people were arrested and a huge cache of crude bombs and some firearms seized in Bardhaman District of West Bengal. During a combing operation Police made the seizures from a hideout in Belsore village. "We have seized around 200 crude bombs and a few country-made guns. Two people have been arrested," a Police Officer said. The Police are examining if the incident has any links to the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast incident.

Non-violent
17 March 14 Daulatpur BOP area in Malda District

Troops of the BSF's 20 Battalion apprehended a smuggler, identified as Saddam Hussain (20), from the Daulatpur BOP area in Malda District of West Bengal along with FICN of INR 1,000,000. The smuggler and the FICN have been handed over to the Police. So far, BSF's South Bengal Frontier seized FICN of face value of more than INR 36,81,500 and apprehended five smugglers in the year 2015.

Non-violent
18 March 21 Malda District

One person, identified as Babla Kamalpur was arrested along with FICN of INR 400,000 from Maheshmati area of Malda District. The man is suspected to be a carrier and investigations are on, they added. Malda District has emerged as a major transit route for FICN brought from Bangladesh and Nepal and then circulated across the country.

Non-violent
19 March 21 Sealdah area /Kolkata

A key accused in October 2, 2015 Bardhaman blast, Abdul Wahab Momin was arrested by NIA from Sealdah area of Kolkata in West Bengal.

Non-violent
20 March 22 Kolkata

A court sent Abdul Wahab Momin, a key accused in October 2, 2015 Bardhaman blast, to custody of the NIA till March 31, 2015. Momin, was earlier arrested on March 21 by NIA from Sealdah area of Kolkata. Contending that Momin was involved in facilitating shelter for JMB cadres in West Bengal, the NIA counsel said his custody was essential to extract information about other absconding accused. NIA claimed that its investigation has so far showed that the JMB had established its network in many Districts - particularly in Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum and Bardhaman in West Bengal, Barpeta in Assam, and Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand. As many as 15 people suspected to be involved in the case are absconding.

Non-violent
21 March 24 Bongaon bus stand / North 24-Parganas District

A joint operation by the BSF and West Bengal Police led to the arrest of two persons, identified as Abdul Rauf Mandal and Rahima Mandal, and seizure of 10 country-made pistols, ammunition and a suspicious looking chemical from their possession at the Bongaon bus stand of North 24-Parganas District in West Bengal. The suspects have been arrested and a search is on for the man who was to collect the consignment from them. The white chemical found with the guns and ammunition has been sent for analysis. Officers suspect that it is some variety of low-grade explosive that was to be used to make crude bombs. Later during interrogation, Rahima told interrogators that she had received the consignment from a person in Jamalpur area of Munger District in the State of Bihar and was returning to Patkilpota to hand it over to one Taleb Mondal. A search has been launched for Taleb as he could tell authorities to who he planned to hand over the weapons and suspected explosive.

Non-violent
22 March 25 Chhoto Mohodipur / Kaliachak / Malda District

Delhi Police arrested the kingpin of a gang involved in dealing with FICNs, identified as Shahjahan Sheikh alias Tunnu in West Bengal. ASP Abhishek Modi said that the accused was arrested during a joint operation by the Delhi Police and Malda Police from his house at Chhoto Mohodipur in Kaliachak in Malda District of West Bengal. The 45-year-old was involved in the racket for a long time and had three cases against him in Delhi and two more in other states though none in Malda. He was produced in a local court today which granted his transit remand to Delhi police.

Non-violent
23 March 28 Santiniketan / Birbhum District

The NIA probing the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast has come across a piece of land in Shantipally near Santiniketan in Birbhum District of West Bengal which it suspects would have been used by the JMB to set up a colony for its operators. Senior officers of the NIA linked the possible plan to set up the colony in Shantipally to "operating a sleeper cell". They said a JMB leader in charge of the module in Birbhum had been instructed by his bosses in the neighbouring country to set up the colony.

Non-violent
24 March 30 Kolkata

The NIA filed the chargesheet in the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case, before the NIA Special Judge at Bankshall Court in Kolkata outlining a conspiracy by terror outfit JMB to use Indian territory as a recruiting and training ground to overthrow the Bangladesh Government and impose Sharia-based Islamic rule. NIA says JMB's mission was to create a 'Greater Bangladesh' with portions wrested from West Bengal. Over 164 pages, NIA details how JMB operators targeted West Bengal, Assam and Jharkhand to set up training camps. "Its activities in India primarily included recruitment, radicalisation and training of vulnerable youths in a systematic and organised manner. The banned Bangladeshi outfit spread its network in four Bengal Districts - Nadia, Burdwan, Murshidabad and Birbhum," says the chargesheet, adding that a similar network was found in Sahebganj district of Jharkhand. "These bases were used for organizing radicalisation programmes, meetings, fund collection drives and as hideouts for cadres and their families," an NIA officer said.

Non-violent
25 April 9 Kaliachak area / Malda District

A man, identified as Bin Amin Seikh, has been arrested by the NIA in connection with the October 2, 2014, Bardhaman blast case near the Indo-Bangladesh border in Baliadanga village in Kaliachak area in Malda District of West Bengal. The 24-year old, who hailed from Bhagabangola in Murshidabad District, used to frequent one Mehboob Seikh's house in the Kaliachak village and was netted after the NIA questioned Mehboob on April 2, an officer said.

Non-violent
26 April 12 Bardhaman

The NIA's probe into the October 2, 2014, Bardhaman blasts could soon uncover the role of Pakistan's spy agency ISI and al Qaeda in helping JMB run its operations, top sources said. The agency is set to receive crucial documents from Bangladesh on the funding, membership and association of JMB with other groups which it believes would shed light on the outfit's links with ISI and al-Qaida. JMB has already established a substantial base in West Bengal, Assam and Jharkhand. An official said the 39 bombs recovered from the hideouts of JMB members in Bardhaman were possibly funded by ISI and al Qaeda.

Non-violent
27 April 15 Malda District

The BSF seized FICN with face value of INR 1.6 million from Daulatpur locality of Kaliachak area along Indo-Bangladesh border in Malda District of West Bengal. While patrolling in Daulatpur locality, BSF personnel found two bags lying near the barbed wire fencing, ASP, Abhishek Modi said.

Non-violent
28 April 20

Malda District

Acting on a tip off Police raided Ratua Bazaar area in Malda District of West Bengal and arrested a man on charge of carrying FICN. A Police official said FICN with face value INR 50,000 and a country made hand gun was confiscated from that man.

Non-violent
29 April 23

Murshidabad District

One person, identified as Babbar Ali, was arrested in West Bengal's Murshidabad District along with FICN bearing the face value of nearly INR 5, 50,000. The seizure was made during a joint operation by the BSF and the CISF near the Farakka Barrage.

Non-violent
30 April 27

Kolkata

A city court in Kolkata sent Ibrahim Sheikh alias Lal Mohammad, an alleged operative of JMB Indian wing, to the NIA custody till May 8, 2015 in connection with the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case. The NIA counsel sought Ibrahim's custody saying he was caught with ammunition, firearms and crude bombs. Ibrahim is said to hail from Nabagram in Murshidabad District of West Bengal and a member of the Majlis-e-shura (central committee) of the JMB. The investigating agencies have alleged that he was the in-charge of the Fatimatul Mukimnagar Madrasa

Non-violent
31 May 7

Malda District

BSF arrested a person and seized FICN of face value of INR 64, 65,000 from Daulatpur village under Baishnab Nagar Police Station near Indo-Bangladesh border in Malda District of West Bengal.

Non-violent
32 May 9

Bardhaman District

Two women were injured in an explosion inside a house in Bardhaman District of West Bengal. According to the Police, the house was used to stock crude bombs. "The house is located in Begunkhola village. It collapsed from the impact of the blast, leaving two women injured," Bardhaman SP Kunal Agarwal said. A senior police official said the house belonged to one Sanjoy Ghosh who was arrested from Katwa in the same District in connection to a criminal case a few days ago.

Violent
33
May 12

Malda District

Troops of South Bengal Frontier of BSF arrested two inter-state smugglers, identified as Sunesh Sharma and Rajan Chopera from West Bengal's Malda District and seized FICN worth of INR 9,00,000.

Non-violent
34
May 16

West Midnapore District

A five-member team comprising NIA officials led by SP of NIA, Vikas Vaibhav visited the blast site at Pingla in West Midnapore District of West Bengal on. On May 7, a blast at a firecracker factory claimed lives of 12 people all between the age of eight and 16 years. Two days ago, a second blast rocked the same spot while members of civil society were on their visit to the blast site. While the Centre is yet to handover the case to NIA, officials here are collecting the samples from the blast site.

Non-violent
35 May 18 Bangladesh

Three-member team of NIA that had gone to Bangladesh to hold talks with the Bangladesh Metropolitan Police (BMP) have been promised all help by the Bangladeshi counterparts in nabbing at least four accused in October 2, 2014 Burdwan blast who are said to be hiding there. The NIA fresh impetus comes after reports that a Bangladeshi had supplied bombs at Ketugram in Burdwan District before the municipal elections in West Bengal. According to NIA sources, they have submitted details of the accused through the MLAT. Accordingly, the BMP is to collect details of the nationality of wanted men like Talha Sheikh and Sheikh Suman and submit it to the Indian MEA through their Bangladeshi office.

Non-violent
36 May 20 West Bengal

A key accused in the October 2, 2014 Burdwan blasts case, suspected JMB recruiter and ideologue, Lal Mohammed alias Ibrahim has told his interrogators that the JMB had plans to target West Bengal and Assam after overthrowing the Sheikh Hasina regime in Bangladesh. He was arrested by Jharkhand Police with support of Indian security agencies in Pakur District on April 18. During interrogation, Ibrahim, a resident of Murshidabad, said that he had recruited more than 150 persons including women for jihad in India since 2010-2011.

Non-violent
37 May 24 Malda District

Suspecting Pakistan's role in the recent supply of high quality FICN printed on the same paper as the Pakistani Rupee, the NIA last week initiated a full blown investigation into a cross-border network of smugglers who work for ISI. Earlier this year, Delhi Police's Special Cell busted a FICN syndicate with the arrest of kingpin Shahjahan Sheikh alias Tunnu from Malda District of West Bengal along with his two associates and recovered FICN worth of INR 2 million. It is suspected that the gang worked for men sitting in Pakistan and ISI directly facilitates their operation of smuggling FICN to Bangladesh and then to Indian states via Indo-Bangla border. Sources also said that the fake currency has been printed on same paper as Pakistani Rupee.

Non-violent
38 May 31

Kaikhali area / Airport Police station area / Kolkata

Police arrested a person, identified as Md Shahid along with FICN worth of INR 50,000 in Kaikhali area under Airport Police station area in Kolkata in West Bengal. A Police officer said that the source of the counterfeit notes and if he was a courier and got down from any international flight was looked into.

Non-violent
39 May 31

West Bengal

According to BSF official, the BSF detained 400 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants and recovered contraband worth over INR.70 million across West Bengal in May, 2015. "Besides a large number of contraband and FICNs, we have apprehended 400 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in May from across the South Bengal frontier," a BSF officer said. The troopers also detained 154 Indians for trying to illegally cross the international border in May. "On the smuggling front, we have seized over 16 kg of gold worth over Rs.44 lakh, nearly 42,000 bottles of Phensedyl, valued around Rs.40 lakh, and other contraband items and cattle heads worth Rs.6.23 crore," the officer added. FICNs with a face value of INR 7.4 million and 146.5 kg of ganja were also recovered from various parts of the border.

Non-violent
40 June 5

Birbhum District

Police arrested a van driver, identified as Bindu Mondal and seized explosives from him at Mallarpur within the limits of Mayureswar Police Station in Birbhum District of West Bengal. Acting on a tip-off, Police chased the van and managed to stop it on NH-60 at Mallarpur. Huge quantity of explosives, such as detonators and gelatin sticks were kept in boxes inside the vehicle. Both the vehicle and its materials have been seized. Police Superintendent Mukesh Kumar said, "Some 15,000 detonators and 9,200 gelatin sticks were seized from the pick-up van."

Non-violent
41 June 8

Kolkata

A 19-member delegation of the BGB, headed by DSM Shaheedul Islam, Additional Director General and Regional Commander, South West Region, Jessore, reached Kolkata through the ICP at Petrapole to attend the IG level co-ordination conference. The 21-member BSF delegation is being led by Sandeep Salunke, IG, South Bengal Frontier. The issues to be discussed include smuggling of cattle, illegal migration and the movement of contraband such as phensedyl, drugs, firearms and most importantly FICNs. The conference also discussed coordinated patrolling by the two border guarding forces. The BGB delegation will return to Bangladesh on June 11.

Non-violent
42 June 10

Kolkata

India and Bangladesh have decided to exchange all information on terror organizations, including the JMB which as responsible for the October 2, 2014 blast at Khagragarh in Bardhaman District of West Bengal. A recent press release from Bangladesh's Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) stated: "We also shared evidence of the three fugitive Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh operatives' involvement in the blast."

Non-violent
43 June 11

Kolkata

Movement of terror elements across the International Border, smuggling of FICN into India and narcotics to Bangladesh featured in the four-day Inspectors General level conference between the BSF and BGB that concluded at Kolkata. "Both sides expressed their concern about the suspected movement of terror elements across the border. Bangladesh is particularly concerned after the Khagragarh blast that revealed how JMB modules operated in West Bengal. We assured the BGB that care will be taken to prevent movement of jehadis across the border and their officers told us that steps will continue to be taken against anti-Indian militant groups that have operated from Bangladesh in the past. The BSF also brought up the issue of attack on Indian border troopers by Bangladeshi smugglers," a senior BSF official said.

Non-violent
44 June 11

Chourangi / Kaliachak Police station area / Malda District

The BSF arrested a person along with FICN of face value INR 199,000 near NH 34 at Chourangi in the Kaliachak Police station area of Malda District in West Bengal. The BSF acted after receiving specific inputs from the intelligence branch about movement of a smuggler with a large consignment of FICN across the Indo-Bangla border. The arrested youth was also carrying INR 1,540 (genuine Indian Currency), an ATM card and a mobile phone with an Indian SIM," a senior official said. On interrogation, the youth claimed that he is a minor and a resident of West Champaran in Bihar.

Non-violent
45 June 18

Kolkata

NIA arrested Noor-ul-Haque alias Naeem, 'chief trainer' of the Indian module of JMB from Howrah station in Kolkata (West Bengal). Naeem also collected funds for the terror outfit and had undergone arms training under NSCN-K in Myanmar.

Non-violent
46 June 19

Bardhaman District

NIA is putting up posters of absconding terrorists, most of whom are Bangladeshis involved in the October 2, 2014, Bardhaman (West Bengal) blast and training youth in arms and manufacturing of explosives. The NIA has so far arrested 17 people in the case. But even after eight months, 12 wanted JMB terrorists are on the run. The posters of 11 militants with their photographs and the reward placed by the central agency, with some carrying as high as INR 10,00,000 on their head, are on display at bus terminus, court premises, railway stations and Police Stations in remote villages of Bardhaman District.

Non-violent
47 June 19

Kolkata

A city court in Kolkata remanded Bardhaman blast (October 2, 2014) accused and key JMB militant, Noor-ul-Haque, to 14 days' custody of NIA till July 3.

Non-violent
48 June 21

Malda Dsitrict

BSF, arrested three Indian arms smugglers along with two pistols near the Taltoli Border Outpost in the Bamangola Police Station area of Malda District. A motorcycle was also seized from the trio, who were attempting to smuggle the weapons across the border into Bangladesh. Several SIM cards were also seized from the smugglers.

Non-violent
49 June 18

Kolkata

NIA investigation the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case, has recovered a laptop at the instance of Nurul Hoque, alleged to be key a conspirator in many activities of JMB terror outfit. Official sources said that during his custodial interrogation, Norul Hoque, who was known as 'Nayeem' to the intelligence agencies confessed that he had received a laptop from Sheikh Rahamatullah alias Sajid the Bangla module 'head' just two months before the blast. He then guided the NIA officers to a hideout in Murshidabad District of West Bengal and handed over a laptop from where the details were gathered.

Non-violent
50 June 25

Malda District

Troops of BSF's South Bengal Frontier seized FICN of face value INR 398,000 near the Indo-Bangladesh border in Malda District. "On Thursday, around 10.45 pm, the BSF received specific intelligence inputs regarding the movement of large quantities of FICN...On being challenged, the man fled in the darkness, leaving behind two packets covered in brown-coloured plastic. On opening the packets, the troops found 398 fake currency notes of face value INR 1,000 each. The FICN was handed over to the Kaliachak Police Station," a senior BSF officer said.

Non-violent
51 June 29

Malda District

Police arrested a smuggler, identified as Gautam Mandal along with FICNs amounting to INR 10,00,000 in Sukdevpur area under Vaishnavnagar Police Station in Malda District. Police arrested him on the basis of intelligence inputs and seized notes of denominations of INR 500 and INR 1000.

Non-violent
52 July 7

West Bengal

The NIA is taking over the May 12, 2015 Titagarh (North 24 Paraganas District) train blast in which a BSF trooper was killed and 15 passengers injured. CID has been probing the case so far. Four persons are in custody, three of whom were arrested by the Sealdah.

Non-violent
53 July 8

West Bengal

Bangla Bhai, 'military commander' of JMJB who was executed in 2007 in Bangladesh, had visited West Bengal in 2005 and spent three months touring several Districts trying to set up a base for the banned militant outfit JMB in the state, investigations have revealed..

The NIA officials learnt how Siddique ul-Islam alias Bangla Bhai prepared the ground for the network that was exposed nine years later while investigating the blast in a house at Bardhaman's Khagragarh on October 2, 2014. Bangla Bhai entered India through Dhulian in Murshidabad and settled in the District. "In 2005, JMB leaders sent Bangla Bhai to Murshidabad as it served a two-fold purpose of preparing the ground for setting up a base for the organisation as well as providing him shelter from the security forces of Bangladesh who were hot on his heels," an NIA officer stated.

With the discovery of the role of the JMB kingpin, it has now become clear that the efforts started at least nine years earlier. "Murshidabad was the first district in Bengal where JMB set up its organisation. Bhai worked in close association with Hatkata Nasirullah, whom we are looking for," an NIA officer stated. "With his base at Domkal in Murshidabad, Bangla Bhai started contacting other leaders in Murshidabad, Nadia and Birbhum. He told them that days were not far off when the caliphate would be established in Bangladesh and their task would be to spread the idea in the bordering districts of India too," added the NIA officer

Non-violent
54 July 9

Malda District

BSF arrested two FICN smugglers in West Bengal in two separate incidents. "In Malda, troops of the 125Bn launched a special operation near Chawrangi in the Kaliachak Police Station area around 4.30 am and apprehended a youth who was moving along National Highway 34. With the help of local police, the youth was searched and FICN of INR 748,500 face value was seized from his possession. The youth, during interrogation, claimed that he is Sarif Miya from Bhabta in the Betiah District of Bihar," a senior BSF official said.

Sarif claimed that he had collected the FICN (449 notes of Rs 1,000 face value and 599 of Rs 500 face value) from Kaliachak and was taking the consignment for delivery to Betiah. He was handed over to the Kaliachak Police Station.

Separately, troops of the 130Bn BSF, along with Special Operations Group (SOG), Behrampore Police, launched a special operation in the Beladanga area of Murshidabad District and around 2.45 pm, a motorcyclist was seen moving a suspicious manner and apprehended by the SOG near Panchanantala. He was identified as Hafizul Rehman alias Hafiz (51), a resident of Barua in the Beldanga Police Station of Murshidabad. He was carrying 49 FICN of face value INR 1000 each. He was taken by the SOG to the Behrampore Police Station for further legal action.

In 2015, the BSF South Bengal Frontier has seized FICN of face value INR 1,65,90,500 and arrested 15 smugglers.

Non-violent
55 July 10

Kolkata

One person, identified as Abdul was arrested along with INR 10,00,000 FICN by the Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police from a mobile shop in Chandni Chowk area of Kolkata (West Bengal).

Non-Violent
56 July 12

West Bengal

Political parties, local gangs and terrorist organisations are among the suspects NIA is tracking in its probe into the May 12, 2015 explosion in a suburban train in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas District. NIA top brass have instructed officers investigating the blast on train number 31811 (Sealdah-Krishnanagar EMU local) at Titagarh railway station to keep political parties and local gangs on its radar.

Non-Violent
57 July 31

Bardhaman

NIA sources said they have evidence that shows that the arrested Abu Talha Mohammad Fahim alias Pakhi, chief of a JMB faction in Bangladesh, is the same Talha Sheikh accused of masterminding the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman (West Bengal) blast. NIA had earlier declared a INR 10,00,000 reward on him. "We are contacting Dhaka Metropolitan Police and we might even request for his extradition if possible," said an NIA officer in Delhi. Pakhi was arrested by Dhaka Metropolitan Police from near the Bangladesh capital on July 27 along with seven others when they were trying to contact Islamic State (IS) operatives.

Non-violent
58 August 1 North 24 Parganas District

Police arrested a Mumbai resident, identified as Siraj Rijalisha suspected to be a mastermind of an interstate-smuggling racket was arrested with FICN from a Basirhat hotel in North 24 Parganas District of West Bengal. Fake currency of the face value of INR 5000 was also seized from him. Police are also looking for more gang members, including a woman with whom Siraj were staying in another hotel for a week.

Non-violent
59 August 4 Siliguri District

Three persons were arrested along with FICNs, arms and ammunitions from a car in Siliguri District of West Bengal. Police intercepted the car and recovered from them one pistol and six rounds of live cartridges, besides FICN with the face value of INR 40,000 last night. According to Police, all three had criminal backgrounds, who used to commit dacoity by using the same car, he said.

Non-violent
60 August 8 Suti / Murshidabad District

100kg of explosive material was recovered from a vehicle near Bangladesh border in Murshidabad District's Suti, sparking a security alert ahead of Independence Day. The recovery comes at a time when intelligence agencies have warned of a possible terror attack on or before August 15. Police have sent the explosive - a white crystalline powder - for tests. The two carriers - Akhtar Sk (28) and Rafiqul Islam (34) - were arrested.

Non-violent
61 August 14

Chadni Chowk / Kolkata

The STF of the Kolkata Police arrested five Sri Lankan nationals, allegedly former LTTE members, and two Indians from a hotel in Chadni Chowk in Kolkata (West Bengal). The seven were picked up from Hotel Chandni International, located in the central part of the city, by the STF late on August 14 night in a joint operation with personnel of the Bowbazar Police Station, a senior officer of the Kolkata Police's STF section said. "They have failed to show proper papers about their identities and their travelling papers to India. They have entered the country on forged documents. We suspect that they probably have used waterways to enter Chennai," the officer said. The two Indians, residents of Tamil Nadu, had helped the five Sri Lankans in travelling to Kolkata and probably with the false documents, he said.

Non-violent
62 August 14

Jorabagan / Kolkata

Pankaj Gadhai (resident of Odisha) was arrested by ATS of CID from Jorabagan in Kolkata in West Bengal.

Non-violent
63 August 15

54 Strand Road / Kolkata

With Pankaj Gadhai's (who was arrested on August 14) revelation, Kolkata CID recovered 600 kilogram of ammonium nitrate along with another 500 kilogram of Sulphur and 20 kilogram of aluminum nitrate from 54 Strand Road in Kolkata. The fact that this huge stack was locked inside a go-down even as the city went in to a high-alert for Independence Day has not gone well in the security establishment. "By the looks of it, the entire modus operandi is tried and tested and up and running for several months. We are investigating this aspect closely," said a source. The go-down belongs to one Susanta Pakhira, who too is a resident of Odisha. According to CID sleuths, the recovery has direct connection with the Raghunathganj explosives haul that took place on August 8.

Non-violent
64 August 17

Kolkata

Dismissing suggestion that the five Sri Lankans arrested from a city hotel in Kolkata have connection to a "terror group", the Kolkata Police said it has started looking for those who brought them to the city promising fake passports and help getting jobs in France. The five Sri Lankans, allegedly former members of the LTTE, were arrested by Kolkata Police STF section from a city hotel with fake documents on August 14.

Non-violent
65 August 17

Bagdah / North 24-Parganas District

The BSF seized FICNs of face value INR 200,000 close to the Indo-Bangladesh border at Bagdah in North 24-Parganas District of West Bengal. A woman, who carried the notes up to the border, managed to escape towards Bangladesh on being challenged by the troops.

Non-violent
66 August 22

Mohanpur village / Malda District

The BSF arrested two persons and seized FICN with a face value of nearly INR 398,000 from Mohanpur village in Malda District of West Bengal. "The accused are residents of Malda and the consignment of FICN was being smuggled from Bangladesh. We have also seized some mobile phones and SIM cards from them," said a BSF officer. The BSF so far in 2015 has seized FICN of more than INR 1,83,10,500 and apprehended 20 persons involved in the racket. Alarmed over the smuggling of fake notes, the NIA has begun probing at least three such recoveries made from West Bengal.

Non-violent
67 August 23

West Bengal

At least six accounts in four nationalised banks, spread over districts of Bardhaman, Birbhum, Murshibad and Kolkata in West Bengal, were used by the JMB, to fund its module in the state, revealed an investigation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The accounts used by the jihadists were created in nationalised banks violating KYC rules. The banks, where the accounts were opened, include SBI, Corporation Bank, Bank of Baroda and Oriental Bank of Commerce. The accounts were closed, or became inactive, immediately after NIA arrested the handlers of JMB.

Non-violent
68 September 3

West Bengal

A banned extremist organisation of Bangladesh having links with the Pakistani Taliban has reportedly sent a 30 cadre team for training to Myanmar via Cox Bazaar in an attempt to launch terror attacks in India. The trained group returned to Bangladesh on December 31, 2014. The decision to send the 12-member group was taken after a secret meeting held at Bashkhali of Chittagaong, Bangladesh on October 20, 2014.Intelligence sources said three Indian nationals are part of the team. Sources said the Indian nationals are from West Bengal. They have been identified as Sultan Sarkar of Rasolpur village under Aarambagh District, Taj Miah of Biruri village under Dubrajpur Police Station of Birbhum District and Shafi Mandal of Kaliachak in Malda District. Sources have further disclosed that the members of the team are in touch with the Pakistan-based Taliban through telephone and internet services.

Non-violent
69 September 4

Kolkata

Aftab Ansari, sentenced to death for the 2002 American Center terror attack in Kolkata (West Bengal), will not be taken to Ahmedabad (Gujarat) for trial in a abduction case. Aftab has always been a security challenge, especially since it was established that he had a major financial role in setting up IM. With the security agencies saying it will be too risky to take him out of Alipore Jail in Kolkata, an Ahmedabad court has agreed to carry out carry out the trial through video-conferencing.

Non-violent
70 September 13

Malda

According to a recent NIA report, 80 per cent FICNs are sneaked into the country through the 172-km porous border along Malda District, and 55-60 per cent of the consignments from Bangladesh are circulated from the villages in 12 sq-km triangle with 18 villages. According to the Malda District Police report, FICN with a face value of INR 1.43 crore were seized in 2013, the next year, it increased to INR 1.5 crore, while till July, 2015 it is INR 1.97 crore According to the NIA, Malda has become the locus of criminal activities, with links to the Pakistan's ISI-backed network of terrorism.

Non-violent
71 September 23 Howrah Railway Station

Personnel of the bomb squad of the West Bengal CID have found a bag full with explosives from Falaknuma Express at Howrah railway station. Officials suspect that the bag has been transported from Secunderabad by the down Howrah-Secunderabad Falaknuma Express, according to preliminary reports. Unclaimed pipe like objects were recovered from a reserved compartment of the express train, which were found to be low intensity landmines.

Non-Violent
72 September 28 Kolkata

ED has registered a case under FEMA to investigate suspected hawala operations behind the over INR 450 million cash which was seized in Kolkata (West Bengal) as part of a crackdown against lottery operatives channeling illegal funds for the Dawood Ibrahim gang.

Non-violent
73 September 30 West Bengal

NIA and other security agencies are carrying out raids in various parts of West Bengal and Jharkhand, after the arrest of JMB militant Tarikul Islam to get clues on October 2, 2014 Bardhaman (West Bengal) blast.

Non-Violent
74 September 30 West Bengal

UMHA told the West Bengal and Assam governments to maintain strict vigil across the border after Bangladeshi authorities intercepted a consignment of FICN with a face value of INR 40 crore.

Non-Violent
75 October 3 Murshidabad and Nadia Districts

According to IB report, IS has put up posters in West Bengal Districts of Murshidabad and Nadia bordering Bangladesh, in a bid to attract people. The cyber cell of the IB has conducted a national survey to mark the areas from where the IS is trying to recruit youths.

Non-Violent
76 October 4 Malda District

BSF seized FICNs and around 20 kilogram silver on Indo-Bangladesh border. According to the reports, the face value of FICN was set INR 500,000 by the officials. A BSF release said that the fake notes and silver were being smuggled into India at the Sukhdevpur border outpost in Malda District of West Bengal. The smugglers ran away as they were challenged by the officials.

Non-Violent
77 October 14

Malda District

The BSF seized FICN with face value of nearly INR 12,92,000 in Sasani border outpost of Malda District in West Bengal. The troopers seized fake currency wrapped in a plastic bag and thrown from across the Bangladesh border. "The fake notes in a plastic bag were thrown across the fence into the Indian side. A BSF team challenged some miscreants who tried to pick up the packet. But they fled taking advantage of foggy weather," said a BSF officer.

Non-violent
78 October 19 West Bengal

A red alert has been sounded all over West Bengal during Durga Puja about possible terror attacks by various Islamist fundamentalist groups. The IM, JMB and various other Bangladeshi outfits operating in the State might resort to subversive activities during the festival, intelligence agencies said. While vigil along the border is being stepped up, all police stations in border districts have been alerted to look out for Bangladeshi infiltrators trained by Islamist terror outfits to wreak havoc during the festive season and organise riots.

Non-violent
79 October 30 West Bengal

The NIA submitted a charge sheet indicting an accused, identified as Barkat Ali of conspiracy involving cross border smuggling of FICN. The case involves seizure of FICN of the face value of nearly INR 65,00,000 from the accused Barkat Ali near the Bangladesh border in West Bengal's Malda District on May 6, 2015.

Non-violent
80 November 8

West Bengal

The NIA has managed to neutralise an inter-state racket that involves the circulation of FICNs and also smuggling of narcotics. The two states in question are Punjab and West Bengal and the arrest of these operatives had led to the seizure of opium and high quality fake currency notes. In a detailed charge sheet filed by the NIA, it is stated that Sunesh Kumar a resident of Ambala (Haryana) and Rajan Chopra from Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab were involved in a racket involving the circulation of both fake currency and opium.

Non-violent
81 November 14

Kaliachak / Malda District

BSF seized FICN of face value INR 1.585 million close to the Indo-Bangladesh border near Kaliachak in Malda District. The FICN was thrown across the border by Bangladeshi criminals to their Indian counterparts. The Indian criminals fled on being challenged.

Non-violent
82 November 14

Kolkata

The STF unit of Kolkata Police arrested one person, identified as Akhtar Khan alias Mohammed Javed alias Raju from the Colootola area in Jorashanko Police Station limits of the city for his alleged links with Pakistan's ISI. "We got information that a person was working in the city on an espionage and arrested him this evening," an officer said. Besides, several illegal documents, FICN with the face value of INR 1,72,500 were seized from Akhtar, who has been working as a bartender in the city, the officer said. Akhtar has been booked under IPC sections 120B, 121, 121A, 122, 489B and 489C. The documents recovered from Akhtar Khan's home in Kolkata "clearly showed" his links to Pakistan's ISI, a top STF officer said. Talking about their investigation, the STF officer said that the documents, unearthed from the Collin Street residence of the Khan showed his "deep-rooted" links with the Pakistani agency.

Non-violent
83 November 16

Kolkata

Two days after a suspected ISI agent, Akhtar Khan was detained, the STF of Kolkata Police arrested his brother Jaffar Khan from the city on charges of spying. "Akhtar's interrogation revealed that Jaffar was also involved with him in spying. We have arrested him," an STF officer said. "We have seized several incriminating documents from his possession."

Non-violent
84 November 17

Kolkata

Zafar Khan, the ISI agent arrested from Kolkata on November 16, was spying on defence establishments in the state, specifically on the chicken-neck area Bengal's trijunction of Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, say Police. He was also spying on defence equipment manufacturing units in Bengal since 2009 and was a major hawala (illegal money transfer) operator of the Tiljala-Topsia belt in the city, say Police. A more seasoned spy, it was Zafar who insisted that he and his elder brother Akhtar, who is also in custody, get Pakistani nationality, say sources.

It was also Zafar who used his local contacts to arrange for money to reach Kolkata through hawala channels for operational needs, said an officer. "We are targeting his hawala network from the Gulf," he added. STF sources said Zafar posed as a marketing executive to cover his spying. What worries police is his confession that he had procured fake papers for some locals, who travelled to the Gulf.

Non-violent
85 November 20

Ranaghat /Nadia District

Two persons were arrested along with FICN, with a face value of INR 3,00,000 in Ranaghat of Nadia District in West Bengal. Based on a tip-off, Ranaghat Police raided the house of one Kartik Rakhit and found fake currency notes worth INR 3,00,000 in denomination INR 50 and INR 100.

Non-violent
86 November 23

Daulatpur border outpost area / Malda

The BSF seized FICN with face value of nearly INR 1,299,000 while they were being smuggled from Bangladesh into West Bengal under Daulatpur border outpost area in Malda District. "The FICNs kept inside a bag were thrown into the Indian side from across the international border. A BSF patrol party challenged miscreants who tried to pick up the bag. While they managed to flee, we seized the bag from which fake notes amounting to Rs.11.99 lakh was recovered," said a BSF spokesperson.

Non-violent
87 November 23

Kaliachak / Malda District

Acting on a tip off the intelligence wing of BSF arrested one person, identified as Sariful Sheikh along with FICN with face value of INR 5, 00,000 from market area in Kaliachak Police Station in Malda District.

Non-violent
88 November 25

West Bengal

In the rural bylanes and the small towns of West Bengal, terror is hiding in plain sight. They sometimes manifest in the unassuming next-door-neighbour with a 9-to-5 job, such as Mehdi Mashroor Biswas, an educated middle class youth from Bengal who handled the IS' twitter handle from Bengaluru. They also take the form of young housewives trained in using ammunition and making improvised explosive devices in unrecognised madrasas (Islamic Seminary). Intelligence sources say West Bengal -- which shares long and semi porous border with Bangladesh -- has been on the radar of Pakistani and Bangladeshi terror outfits for a long time and the radicalisation menace was spreading fast, stoked both by the 10,000-odd unrecognised madrasas and the proliferation of online terror posts.

Non-violent
89 November 29

Kolkata

Kolkata Police STF arrested three suspected ISI agents two of whom are known as Trinamool Congress leaders in Kolkata. The trio, booked on charges of allegedly spying for Pakistani intelligence agency, has been identified as Ashfaque Ansari, his father Irshad Haidar Ansari and his close relative (maternal uncle) Jahangir Khan. Police said they were allegedly involved in supporting suspected ISI agent Mohammad Eizaz, who was arrested on November 27, 2015 from Meerut's Cantonment station in Uttar Pradesh, in getting fake Indian ID proofs. Police said several fake passports from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India along with many important documents and counterfeit currency were recovered from the men arrested.

Non-violent
90 November 29

Baishnab Nagar / Malda District

The BSF arrested a Bangladeshi National, identified as Majrul Rehman along with FICN of INR 18,00,000 close to the international border in Baishnab Nagar in Malda District.

Non-violent
91 November 30 Kolkata

Irshad Ansari, his son Asfaq Ansari and their relative Mohammed Jahangir, who were arrested for suspected connection with Pakistan's ISI, have been charged with waging war against the state. Police Prosecutor Avijit Chatterjee said they found a lot of espionage evidence against the three, including drawings, photos and maps of vital installations Netaji Subhas Dock of Kolkata Port Trust and Garden Reach Ship Builders. Calling it a "clear antinational act", Chatterjee said the three supplied information and data to the intelligence agency of a neighbouring country, arguing against their bail plea. The Police will now interrogate them to trace the tentacles of the espionage network.

Non-violent
92 December 1 West Bengal

The NIA, which is probing the seizure of FICN in West Bengal, interrogated a Bangladeshi national, Majirul Rehman who was apprehended two days ago by the BSF for smuggling in counterfeit money. Rehman, said to be a resident of Bangladesh's Chapainawabganj District, was arrested by the BSF troopers while he was trying to smuggle in fake currency notes in Sovapur border outpost area in Malda District. "While the local police have registered the case, we interrogated Rehman to see if he has links with a gang involved in smuggling FICNs. We have not taken up the investigation of this case but if ordered we will surely undertake investigations," an NIA officer said.

Non-violent
93 December 1 Kolkata

Suspected ISI operative Asfaq Ansari, former general secretary of Harimohan Ghosh College in Kolkata, has named the two ISI officers who liaised with him, his father Irshad Ansari and maternal uncle Mohammad Jahangir, says Kolkata Police. "Asfaq used to get in touch with two ISI officials in Pakistan, apart from Irshad's brother Irfan and Amir Bhai. While Amir Bhai was responsible for handling the Ansari family espionage in Kolkata in the early years, another handler named Salim took over from 2010-11. Salim insisted on using secure media like Skype and codes to communicate," an officer said.

Non-violent
94 December 2 Kolkata

The STF of the Kolkata Police, arrested a passport agent, identified as Sheikh Badal in Kolkata for his alleged links with Pakistan's ISI. It was Sheikh Badal, had helped arrested suspected ISI-spy Mohammad Ejaz alias Mohammad Kalam in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh in managing a fake voter identity card, a senior officer of the STF said. "Badal and Jahangir have been friends for quite a long time. Jahangir was into tailoring before he started working as agent at the Regional Passport Officer here and it was there he met Badal... The two became close friends," the officer said.

Non-violent
95 December 6 Siliguri

A serving Army Hawaldar, identified as Farid Khan was arrested by Delhi Police from Siliguri in West Bengal in connection with the alleged espionage racket linked with Pakistan's ISI. Farid Khan, allegedly shared secret information with suspected intelligence operatives. "He was arrested from Siliguri today by the eight-member Crime Branch team which was rushed there," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said.

"Farid used the code-name "Surgeon" and he came under the Police scanner after they obtained a CD -- which recorded conversations -- from the possession of Khan. Farid, booked under provisions of the Official Secrets Act, was produced before a court and shall be brought to Delhi by December 7, on a transit remand," said a Crime Branch official.

Non-violent
96 December 6 Kolkata

The NIA has unravelled a FICN racket, which seems to connect all the arrested terror suspects--the ISI agents caught in Kolkata (West Bengal), the suspect arrested in Meerut (Uttar Pradesh), the Jammu and Kashmir schoolteacher and the six others arrested in Bangladesh. "One arrest has been leading to the other, connecting them with a common link," said an NIA officer. Even the arrest of Fareed Khan, belonging to the 17th J&K Light Infantry on Sunday came on the heels of the arrest of another ISI suspect, from Rajouri in Jammu on Saturday. "The Siliguri arrest was based on leads from other suspects," the officer said. The RAB's Friday (December 4) arrest of the six, in Bangladesh including a Pakistani national, Abdullah alias Selim, who was caught with fake notes with the face value of Rs 1 crore, was also based on NIA inputs.

Non-violent
97 December 6 West Bengal

With Islamic State (IS) raising its head in Bangladesh, West Bengal government has directed all security agencies to step up vigil on some madrasas (Islamic Seminary) in areas bordering Bangladesh. An alert has been sounded across all Police Stations in all areas bordering Bangladesh. While local Police Stations have been asked to keep an eye on suspicious activities, if any, in these madrasas, the state IB has started collecting regular updates.

Non-violent
98 December 7 Howrah District

The STF of Kolkata Police conducted raids at the residence of a suspected ISI agent in Howrah District and arrested his brother along with numerous fake passports. According to a highly placed source in the Kolkata Police, the raid was conducted at Mohammed Illias's Tikiapara home from where several fake passports were seized following the detention of his brother Mohammed Farookh. Illias's name came up during a grilling session of Sheikh Badal, a passport agent arrested last week for helping a suspected ISI-spy Mohammad Ejaz alias Mohammad Kalam held in Uttar Pradesh in managing a fake voter card. Illias, along with his wife, absconded to Germany earlier this month, the officer said. "We have detained his brother and are questioning him to know what actually Illias was upto. We are examining Illias's laptop and other documents seized from his residence," he said.

Non-violent
99 December 7 Kolkata

The STF believes that the intelligence network of the Pakistan's ISI in Kolkata is the tip of the iceberg. Officials say that Fareed Khan, the Army jawan (trooper) arrested from Siliguri in West Bengal has deep-rooted connections with ISI agents in Kolkata. "During interrogation, Irshad admitted that Md Eijaz, recently arrested by Meerut Police, had entered Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) with gate pass twice between July 2013 and January 2014 and made two 20-minute videos and sent them to Pakistan," an STF official said.

Non-violent
100 December 10 Malda District

NIA which is probing a pan-India FICN racket, is developing a strategy to arrest the members of different modules in Malda District of West Bengal that are pumping fake currency in the entire country. "We have specific cases regarding fake currency from Malda and the office there is investigating it," Sharad Kumar, Director General of NIA stated in Kolkata. He visited the city to take stock of their regional office and the Malda unit that looks after the FICN cases.

According to sources, the focus of the agency is to find out how terror modules are using fake currency rackets to fund their operations. According to sources, at least five arrests in the last 15 days for carrying fake currency have started worrying NIA officials as interrogation revealed that all of them were procuring currencies from Malda District.

Non-violent
101 December 12 West Bengal

The exploitation of uninhabited islands of the Sundarbans by anti-national elements and the need for comprehensive mapping of the area was discussed at a meeting of Defence and Security agencies in Kolkata. The issue emerged at the second annual lead intelligence agency conference for stakeholders of West Bengal and Odisha at the headquarters, Coast Guard Region (Northeast). The Indian Coast Guard is the lead intelligence agency for coastal borders and the coordinating agency for coastal security.

Non-violent
102 December 14

Bardhaman

The NIA filed its second supplementary chargesheet in the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman (West Bengal) blast case, in which JMB terrorists were allegedly involved. In the chargesheet, the NIA claimed that the JMB had planned a series of terror attacks in India from the neighbouring country. In its 200-page chargesheet, filed with 36,000 documents, the agency named 19 more people, mostly Bangladeshi terrorists. The NIA, in its chargesheet, indicated the influence of the Islamic State (IS) over JMB. An NIA team, led by its DG Sharad Kumar, had visited Dhaka after the blasts and held meetings with security and defence officials of Bangladesh.

Non-violent
103 December 14

West Bengal

Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said the NIA revelation on JMB's activities in India, strengthens the Bangladesh government's claim on the recent rise in terror modules in the country. "These modules are likely to be patronized by forces in Pakistan," he said. The NIA has warned that JMB was preparing for fidayeen (suicide) attacks and that after spreading wings in border Districts and Bardhaman, they were eyeing fresh recruits from further south of Bengal like South 24-Parganas.

Non-violent
104 December 18

Malda District

NIA arrested one person, identified as Amirul Sheikh from Golapganj village under Golapganj Police Outpost reportedly in connection with running a FICN peddling racket in Kaliachak of Malda District.

Non-violent
105 December 19

West Bengal

Dawood Ibrahim, is the brain behind smuggling FICN from Bangladesh to West Bengal with the support of his mentors in Pakistan's ISI. Earlier, Bangladeshi officials arrested six men from near Dhaka airport and seized several crores of FICN. Among the arrested was Pakistani national Abdullah alias Salim. Interrogation revealed that their boss was Dawood Ibrahim, and that D-Company (as his gang is called) has a network in Malda District and in some border districts of West Bengal.

Non-violent

2014

Sl. No.

Date

Place

Incident

Nature
1

January 16

Bardhaman

Four persons were arrested along with FICN at Kulgoria area of Bardhaman District.

Non-violent
2
February 28 Kolkata

NIA revealed that Kolkata (West Bengal) has been an important hub for the activities of IM.

Non-violent
3
March 19 Malda

BSF seized FICN of face value nearly INR 14,00,000 near the Indo-Bangladesh border in the Baishnabnagar Police Station area of Malda District.

Non-violent
4
April 22 Kolkata

Security agencies in Kolkata are worried about a possible terror threat from Rohingyas in Myanmar.

Non-violent
5
April 24 Kolkata

There is a need for amendment to the present IT Act for better policing and execution of cyber crime cases, according to Kolkata Police, cyber department officer-in-charge Siddhartha Chakraborty.

Non-violent
6
April 26 Kolkata

Three members of a FICNs smuggling racket were arrested by the Police near Millennium Park in Kolkata in West Bengal.

Non-violent
7
May 18 Kolkata

Five persons were arrested along with FICN with a face value of INR 1,00,000 at the premises of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata.

Non-violent
8
May 21 Kolkata

SC commuted death sentence of two convicts in 2002 in American Centre attack case of Kolkata. The court ordered main mastermind in the case Aftab Ahmad Ansari to remain behind bars till end of his life and another convict Jamiluddin Nasir to remain behind the bars for at least 30 years without remission.

Non-violent
9
June 4 Kolkata

Crime Branch of CID neutralised an inter-state FICN racket after arresting two persons, Rafiq and Shahul Hameed in Chennai. Police officers said they seized FICN with a face value of INR 8,90,000 and a country made gun with two loaded magazines from them after they smuggled them in from Kolkata by train on June 3.

Non-violent
10
June 5 West Bengal

A special team of the CB-CID of Tamil Nadu Police is in West Bengal on the trail of Fakhrul Islam, the suspected kingpin in the FICN racket that was earlier neutralised on June 4 in Chennai. Islam, Police found, did not have a record in West Bengal or in any other state.

Non-violent
11
June 6 Malda District, West Bengal

A man, identified as Mohammad Makdum Jalal Shaikh was arrested in Malda District of West Bengal in connection FICN case.

Non-violent
12
June 7 West Bengal

One person, identified as Ram Chandra Hazra (33) was arrested with FICN worth INR 100,000 by the officials of DRI near Chakia toll gate on NH 28 in East Champaran District. During interrogation, Hazra stated that the counterfeit currency was smuggled into India from Bangladesh via Kaliachak in Malda District of West Bengal with the help of a local peddler.

Non-violent
13
June 10 West Bengal

Police arrested a prime accused in the FICN racket from a hideout in Kolkata, West Bengal

Non-violent
14
June 10 West Bengal

A top Delhi Police officer revealed that firearms from eastern Bihar's Munger District are the preferred choice of criminals from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Haryana and Bihar.

Non-violent
15
June 11 Kolkata

Sources said that two men, Rafiq and Shahul Hameed arrested on June 4 for bringing FICN to Chennai turned out to be gun pushers too. Police have also picked up a man called Fakhrul Ismail in Kolkata believed to be the kingpin of the gang.

Non-violent
16 July 2 Kolkata

IM terrorist, identified as Zahid Hussain, suspected to be involved in the Pune (Maharashtra) German Bakery blast of February 14, 2010, was arrested outside Kolkata rail station under Chitpore Police Station. Hussain, a resident of Mirpur of Kushtia District in Bangladesh, is suspected to be one of the main conduits of IM leaders in India, a senior STF official told. "Zahid Hussain was in touch with all the important IM leaders and used to supply them with FICNs and explosives. He is also suspected to be involved in German Bakery blast in Pune," the official said. "We are investigating all the aspects. He will be produced before the court tomorrow," he said.

Non-violent
17 July 3 Malda, West Bengal

BSF deployed on south Bengal frontier of the Indo-Bangladesh border seized contraband and gold worth over 100 million and held about 244 Bangladeshi illegal immigrants in the month of June, an official release said. It has also seized FICN having face value of INR 10,50,000 in Malda District.

Non-violent
18 July 14 Malda District

BSF arrested one person, identified as Chotu Kumar along with FICN with a face value of INR 95,00,000 in Banshnabnagar area of Malda District. The BSF said: "Apprehended persons along with seized FICN handed over to Police Station Banshnabnagar, District Malda for further investigation."

Non-violent
19 July 16 Malda District

Troops of the 125 Battalion of BSF seized FICN of face value INR 9,00,000 from near the Indo-Bangladesh border in Malda District of West Bengal. The FICN, packed in a plastic bag, was allegedly thrown across the fence by Bangladeshi smugglers.

Non-violent
20 July 18 Malda District

For the second day running, troops of the BSF recovered FICN along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Malda District of West Bengal. The recovery was of face value INR 8,00,000. The plastic bag with the FICN was apparently thrown across the border fence by Bangladeshi smugglers who fled. The seized FICN was handed over to the Kaliachak Police Station.

Non-violent
21 July 29 Kolkata

Revelations made by LeT operative Abdul Subhan Qureshi, who was arrested on July 20, disclosed that he had contacted his nephew Asahbuddin alias Shahbuddin Shaukat who has been handed life term in the Partha Roy Burman kidnapping case of 2001 and is presently lodged in a Kolkata Jail for safe transfer of money through hawala route and also about financing of weapons from across the border through LeT network.

Non-violent
22 July 29 Kolkata

West Bengal's prisons have turned into free hi-tech communication zones for terror suspects. Cadres of terror groups such as IM and LeT, and even ISI agents, regularly make phone calls and video calls to associates outside, using applications such as Skype, V-Chat, Viber and Tango for face-to-face chats with their counterparts in Pakistan, Dubai and PoK, a source in Alipore Central in Kolkata Jail said.

Non-violent
23 July 30 Kolkata

Delhi Police has approached its Kolkata counterparts for the custody of LeT operative Arshad Khan who had provided contact numbers of Pakistan based militant handlers to arrested LeT operative Abdul Subhan. Police said Subhan came in touch with his Pakistan-based LeT handlers Javed Baluchi and Ajam Cheema with some phone numbers provided by Arshad, who is presently lodged in Kolkata jail.

Non-violent
24 August 7 Murshidabad District

Hyderabad Police arrested a man, identified as Gaddam Linga Reddy in Secunderabad area of Hyderabad District for circulating FICN. The FICN was given by a man called Samsool from Farakka in Murshidabad District of West Bengal, Police said.

Non-violent
25 August 11 West Bengal

West Bengal home department allowed five commissionerates of Bidhannagar, Howrah, Siliguri, Barrackpore and Asansol-Durgapur to set up one cyber Police Stations each. In the future, all these commissionerates are likely to get separate Bomb Disposal Squads and high radio frequency squad for patrolling purposes.

Non-violent
26 August 16 Kolkata

The Special Cell of Delhi Police has found that the LeT suspects, Arshad Khan and Shaukat lodged in Alipore Central Jail in Kolkata were using Skype software through smart phones to communicate with their Pakistan based handlers for facilitating the execution of a terror strike in the capital.

Non-violent
27 August 16 Malda District

Two persons involved in circulation of FICN identified as Mohammad Baharudin alias Baharu (27) a resident of Malda District of West Bengal and Badruddin Mayudin Syed alias Badru (55), a resident of Vadodara, Gujarat were arrested along with FICN with a face value of INR 4,00,000 from outside Old Delhi Railway Station.

Non-violent
28 August 21 Kolkata

Pakistani national Arshad Khan, arrested in connection with alleged conspiracy of LeT to carry out attacks in Delhi and adjoining areas, was sent to Kolkata (West Bengal) prison after the Delhi Police told a court here that he was not required for further interrogation.

Non-violent
29 August 24 Kolkata

Sources said that a man was detained in a European country more than a week ago on the suspicion that he was the IM founder Amir Reza Khan, turned out a case of mistaken identity. The detained person had the same name as Khan, who is also an accused in the American Centre bombing case in Kolkata, and was picked up on this count, sources said.

Non-violent
30 August 25 West Bengal

Shaikh Abdul Nayeem alias Sameer, the suspected LeT militant who was arrested in connection with Mecca Masjid blast and Mumbai serial train blasts escaped from Police custody from a running train near Raigarh railway station in Chhattisgarh. According to sources, Nayeem who is a native of Aurangabad, Maharashtra, was in the custody of Bengal Armed Force.

Non-violent
31 September 2 Malda District

One person, identified as Akhtar Hussain was arrested from Noornagar locality in Brahmpuri area of Meerut District along with FICNs with face value of over INR 24,00,000. During interrogation, Hussain told Police that he had brought the FICNs from Malda District of West Bengal and was going to deliver it in Meerut.

Non-violent
32 September 6 West Bengal

Four of the seven persons who have been identified as kingpins in a nationwide FICN racket are from West Bengal.

Non-violent
33 September 10 Kolkata

STF of Kolkata Police arrested a person from BB Ganguly Street of Kolkata along with FICN with face value worth INR 2, 00,000.

Non-violent
34 September 11 West Bengal

At least 15 engineering students, including a girl, from Hyderabad, attracted to the idea of fighting alongside Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, were tracked down by the Telangana Police in West Bengal this week after their parents complained they were missing.

Non-violent
35 September 21 Malda District

FICNs of INR 900,000 were seized from near the India-Bangladesh border in Malda District of West Bengal. According to the BSF, Bangladeshi smugglers had thrown the fake currency kept inside a plastic bag from across the international border into the Indian side.

Non-violent
36 September 24 West Bengal

The IB has warned that "groups and elements supportive of extremist ideology similar to al-Qaeda" are trying to "increase communal tension" in states like J&K, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala and Delhi. The intelligence report (reference no-3627-60 & 3698- 3731/C&R Cell-C-2/SII), has reiterated that al- Qaeda 'chief' Ayman-al-Zawahari, who launched a new branch for the Indian sub-continent, also intends to target commercial centres, tourist destinations, religious places, aviation sector, railways infrastructure and BJP offices in various states, including West Bengal and Assam. The report has been dispatched to all state police agencies.

Non-violent
37 September 24 West Bengal

One person, identified as Ripun, was arrested by the CBI from Falaknuma Express train from an unidentified location between Kharagpur (West Bengal) and Balasore (Odisha) railway stations along with FICNs with a face value of INR 500,000. It is alleged that the intercepted person was going to Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh) for delivery of seized FICNs to some unknown person at Hyderabad," according to the CBI spokesperson.

Non-violent
38 September 26 Malda District

The Special Cell of Delhi Police claimed to have neutralised an international FICN racket with the arrest of two men, identified as Rasmuddin and Nasirul Sheikh. They were arrested from Delhi-Haryana border in Old Toll Plaza on NH-8. Rasmuddin hails from Mewat District in Haryana while Nasirul is from Malda District of West Bengal. FICN of the face value of INR 700,000 was seized from them. Police also found that huge quantities of FICN pumps to the NCR through sub-syndicates based in Mewat and Rajasthan.

Non-violent
39 September 27 Farakka

Two persons were arrested and FICNs with face value of INR 500,000 were recovered from their possession in Darbhanga District. On a tip off, DRI officials arrested the two persons carrying the smuggled FICNs from Bangladesh to Darbhanga through Farakka in West Bengal.

Non-violent
40 September 27 Malda

One person was arrested along with FICN worth INR 0.498 million by CBI in Delhi. A CBI spokesperson said, "It is alleged that the intercepted person was coming from Muzaffarpur for delivery of seized FICNs to some unknown person at Malda [West Bengal]."

Non-violent
41 October 2 Burdwan District

Two suspected IM militants were killed and another one critically injured when an IED they were allegedly making exploded in the house of a TMC leader in Khagragarh area in Burdwan District of West Bengal. The killed militants were identified as Shakeel Ahmed from Nadia District and Shobhan Mondal from East Midnapore District. The third militant, identified as Hasan Saheb of Murshidabad District is in critical condition. Police sources said 55 IEDs were seized along with RDX, several wrist watch dials, maps and SIM cards. Sources also said that among the half burnt papers found later were leaflets of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and IM. Security agencies believe that since the militants were already assembling IEDs, they planned to hit an Indian city in a few days.

Violent
42 October 5 Burdwan District

Police arrested Shakeel's widow Rumi Biwi and Hasan's wife Amina Biwi along with landlord and TMC leader Nurul Hasan Choudhury in connection with the Burdwan blast and they were remanded to nine days in Police custody. ASP (Burdwan) Tarun Halder said that "Following their interrogation, we have found sufficient evidence to suggest they are a part of the conspiracy." The STF, ATS and CID are looking into the possible involvement of groups like LeT and Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami.

Non-violent
43 October 5 Burdwan District

According to the Police, several jehadi videos, CD of the 9/11 attack, grenades, shrapnel etc have been recovered from Burdwan blast site (West Bengal). It has been mentioned that a Bangladeshi called Kausar used to take those grenades. But no clarification has been given about where they were used.

Reports said that besides targeting Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and even Kolkata, terrorists also had plans to assassinate Bangladesh PM Sheikh Haseena. Sources said documents and leaflets obtained from the house at Khagragarh in Burdwan (West Bengal), where the blasts took place, point to a larger plot to cause widespread destruction.

Non-violent
44 October 6 Burdwan District

Four days after the Burdwan blast the CID in its primary report to the State Government has blamed Bangladesh-based terror outfit JMB. CID report said that the blast was an accident and that the explosive devices were meant for Bangladesh. According to the report, one of the persons killed in the blast, Shakil Ahmed, was a resident of Bangladesh and a member of JMB, an organisation founded by Shaikh Abdur Rahman in 2005.

Non-violent
44 October 6 Burdwan District

The central investigating agencies probing the Burdwan blast are not ruling out the involvement of Indian terror outfits like the banned SIMI. According to sources, SIMI's Safdar Nagori, who is now in jail, was present in this area between 2005 and 2009. An IB officer said “We need to know who gave them financial and logistic support." The NIA report says that this matter is not solely restricted to activities of JMB. According to NIA, Shakil used to frequent the port area of Kolkata from where a top SIMI leader was arrested in 2012.

Non-violent
45 October 6 Burdwan District

Reports said that the CID is on the lookout for two suspects Kausar and Abdul Kalam Sheikh in connection with the Burdwan blast case (October 2) in Khagragarh area in Burdwan District of West Bengal. Kausar is suspected to be a regular at the house in Khagragarh were the blast took place. The CID is also searching for one Abul Kalam, a resident of Mangalkote area of Burdwan District.

Non-violent
46 October 7 Burdwan District

Bangladesh has asked India to share any details of the Burdwan blast investigation that point to the hand of Islamist terror groups on its soil. The prime suspect in the blast, Shakeel Ahmed, who died on the spot, had allegedly crossed over from Bangladesh in 2009. He had earlier rented a house in Beldanga in Murshidabad District and only a few months ago rented the one in Khagragarh in Burdwan, where the explosion occurred. Expressing concern over the incident, Bangladesh’s junior Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the Government of Bangladesh has “not allowed” its territory to be used for anti-Indian activities.

Non-violent
47 October 7 North 24 Parganas District

Two Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested from Basirhat in North 24-Parganas District of West Bengal with FICNs. The arrested persons were identified as Farukh Hossain Sardar and Saddam Hossain Sardar, residents of Satkhira District in Bangladesh. ASP (North) of North 24-Parganas District Bhaskar Mukherjee said "It is being investigated if they have links with any terror outfit in Bangladesh."

Non-violent
48 October 7 Murshidabad District

Sheikh Abdul Hakim alias Hasan Saheb, from Lalgola in Murshidabad District of West Bengal, who was injured in the Burdwan blast was arrested.

Non-violent
49 October 7 Burdwan District

Two more houses used by the Burdwan blast suspect have been found at a walking distance from the Khagragarh house where the October 2 explosion took place. SP, S M H Mirza said the two houses at Baburbagh and Badshahi Road respectively were traced on the basis of mobile tower location. The investigators suspect that Kauser, whom the CID is looking for in connection with the Burdwan blast, had resided in one of the houses.

Non-violent
50 October 8 Burdwan District

The CID officials said that the four persons arrested in connection with the Burdwan blast case have been charged under sections of the UAPA and other sections of the IPC such as 121A, 122 and 123 relating to waging war against the state. DIG of CID, Dilip Adak said that “We have charged all the four including two women under several sections of the UAPA.” The arrested persons were identified as Sheikh Abdul Hakim alias Hasan Saheb, Hafez Mollah alias Hasan, Rajira Bibi alias Rumi and Amina Bibi.

Non-violent
51 October 8 Burdwan District

The CID officers claimed that the terror links of Burdwan blast seem to have spread across the country to J&K, Mumbai and Tamil Nadu.  DIG of CID Dilip Adak said “It seems Shakil and his associates in Burdwan made and received several calls to and from Tamil Nadu, Mumbai and J&K barely 48 hours before the blast on the morning of October 2.” Another investigating officer said “We are now certain that Bangladeshi outfit JMB is involved in the crime. Shakil and his wife are members of the outfit. Analysing these phone calls, we are trying to find out whether other outfits like IM also involved.”

Non-violent
52 October 9 Burdwan District

The Central Government transferred the Burdwan blast case to the NIA, a day after the West Bengal Police invoked the provisions of the UAPA against the four arrested accused. A week after the incident, the Centre invoked Section 6 (5) of the NIA Act, 2008 to transfer the case to the agency. The provision empowers the Centre to suo motu transfer cases involving laws specified in the Offences Schedule of the Act. The Central probe was approved after it was apparent that the West Bengal Government would not come in the way of the NIA investigation.

Non-violent
53 October 9 Burdwan, Birbhum and Murshidabad Districts

The State investigating agency said that it suspects the Burdwan blast terror network spread over at least three Districts of West Bengal. According to the CID as many as 16 calls were made to Sheikh Kader at his Kirnahar home days before the Burdwan blast on October 2. A total 24 calls reached Borhan Sheikh at Simulia village in Mangalkote in Burdwan District and Yusuf Mollah staying at Mokamnagar in Lalgola in Murshidabad District as a build up to the operation. The CDR points to a triangular chain touching Burdwan, Birbhum and Murshidabad Districts from where members of the Bangladesh-based Islamic outfit Hifazat-e-Islami were coordinating with one another. Raids in these areas have brought to fore specific job distribution of the coordinators from the three places.

Non-violent
54 October 9 Burdwan District

CID has recovered a dairy, which was maintained by both Shakil Ahmed, who died in the Burdwan blast, and the absconding Kausar, the suspected linkmen to the entire JMB module has entries made in coded languages. Sources said the diary speaks extensively of an all-women educational institution that was set up in 2008 in Simulia in Burdwan District. It was in 2007 that Shakil had come to India and the module became operational. . Sources claim that the working of this institute was exactly how the Bangladesh-based Hifazat-E-Islam, allegedly a Jamaat wing, runs its own educational institutes in the Chittagong area.

Non-violent
55 October 9 Burdwan District

The ED has started probing the Burdwan blast case in order to track the money trail that helped the suspected militants buy raw material for the explosives.  The ED is probing the case since there are reports that money was sent to the suspected terrorists through the hawala channel. After the blast, the Police seized INR 48,000 stacked in bundles of INR 500 denomination notes. The ED also suspects that huge money was sent from Bangladesh.

Non-violent
56 October 9 West Bengal

Madhya Pradesh Police arrested three persons, identified as Babulal Sahu, and Parsuram Sahu of Harrai village in Chhindwara District and Anupam Majumdar of West Bengal, from Chhindwara District with FICN of INR 568,000. Police suspect it as a module of an international syndicate allegedly involved in pumping Pakistan-made superfine quality FICNs into remote tribal areas of the state. Police have also come across more links of the syndicate. DIG Chhindwara range, Umesh Joga said that "Chhindwara now has the second highest circulation of FICNs because of tribal population. We have dispatched our team to West Bengal for further investigation."

Non-violent
56 October 10 Burdwan District

The Police arrested six persons in Barpeta District of Assam for alleged links with the Bangladesh-based terror outfit JMB, which is suspected to be behind the October 2 blast at Burdwan in West Bengal. The arrested persons, identified as Golam Osmani, Johurddin, Siraj Ali Khan, Rafiqul Islam, Sarbes Ali and Saiful Islam were remanded in 14-day Police custody by a Kamrup Court.

Non-violent
57 October 10 Burdwan District

The NIA began its probe into the Burdwan blast after registering a FIR in connection with the case in Delhi. Sources said the case would be investigated by NIA's Kolkata branch. The NIA FIR has invoked five sections of UAPA apart from various sections of Arms Act and IPC. NIA will take into custody all the suspects for questioning. An NIA official said that “There is evidence to suggest that those involved had links in Bangladesh. If necessary, we will also contact the Bangladeshi authorities seeking cooperation in the probe. The material evidence would also be sent for forensic examination and analysis. The case papers are being handed over to us.”

Non-violent
58 October 10 Burdwan District

An IB report based on the statement of the suspected JMB hit squad member, Razia Begum alias Rumi said that Shakil Ahmed Gazi, who died in the Burdwan blast, was the operations head of JMB and the No. 2 of JMB's India unit. The Central investigating agencies said that the JMB module operating in Bengal, led by Shakil, specialized in IEDs and had 12 core members with dozens of locals who provided the logistics. According to security agencies, Police are investigating how many IEDs have crossed the border. Sources said that Kausar, who acted as the group's carrier and now tops Bengal's most-wanted list may have delivered at least seven "consignments" from Khagragarh. Since each consignment contained about 100 IEDs, over 700 such IEDs might have crossed the border, said security agencies.

Non-violent
59 October 11 North 24-Parganas District

Police arrested 28 Bangladeshis, including 6 women, in two separate raids at Basirhat near Ghojadanga border, North 24-Parganas District of West Bengal.  Police team raided Chourangi village near Itinda in Basirhat and arrested 21 Bangladeshis. A senior District Police official said "Most of them are residents of Satkhira in Bangladesh. They could not show any legal documents that allow them to stay here and hence were booked under Foreigners Act. We are investigating how they crossed the border." Police also arrested seven infiltrators from Swarupnagar in Basirhat in a separate raid.

Non-violent
60 October 11 Malda District

The BSF said that it arrested three people, including a 13 year old boy, in Malda District of West Bengal and seized FICNs of INR 200,000 from them. “The trio has been handed over to the local Police," BSF Deputy Commandant Ajay Kumar said.

Non-violent
61 October 11 Burdwan blast

The NIA’s probe into the Burdwan blast is pointing to a bigger plot extending not just to neighbouring Assam, but also to J&K and the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The NIA has, based on leads gathered from the women arrested from the Burdwan blast site, picked up a suspect from J&K, a construction worker belonging to West Bengal. An official said that “Phone records reveal that they had contacts in almost all the major megacities, also in South India. We will have to verify the antecedents of each and every contact. Six of the Assam-based suspects who were in touch with the two men killed in the blast have already been arrested.”

Non-violent
62 October 11 Burdwan blast

The discovery of grenades and bomb-making equipment from Burdwan, as well as linkages across several states like J&K and even southern states, indicate elaborate planning and high level of preparations by JMB to carry out attacks in Bangladesh.  Intelligence agencies believe that strikes were planned as retaliation against the PM of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina regime's crackdown on JMB elements.

Non-violent
63 October 12 West Bengal

CID officers said that, the prime accused in the Burdwan blast, Sheik Kausar travelled nearly 100 kilometres before he sneaked into Bangladesh via Hakimpur bordering Nadia and North 24-Parganas District of West Bengal. The investigators have also reconstructed the escape route. According to CID, Kausar left the spot immediately after the blast, but he didn't leave the place till the next day. However, the CID officers are not sure about the exact day he crossed the border. But, they believe that he had at least five facilitators who arranged the logistics for a safe transit.

Non-violent
64 October 13 Kolkata

A city court in Kolkata remanded three accused in the Burdwan blast case, who were till now in CID custody, to NIA custody till October 22.  Additional Sessions Judge Gopal Chandra Karmakar directed that the accused Hafez Molla alias Hasan, Rajira alias Razia Bibi and Alima Bibi would be in NIA custody till October 22. A fourth accused, Sheik Hakim, who was injured in the blast is undergoing treatment at the state-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata.

Non-violent
65 October 13 Mangalkot

The Central agency recovered an orange Tata Nano car, used by the terror accused, with “Indian Army” sticker and a duplicate Bengal number plate lying abandoned along the main road, about 100 metres from the Simulia madrassa in Mangalkot in West Bengal.

Non-violent
66 October 13 Mangalkot

NIA probing the Burdwan blast case is examining the links of suspected al Qaeda and JMB terrorists with the Simulia Madrassa that is believed to be a centre for training terrorists, around 38km from the blast site. Investigators said all the terrorists of the Burdwan module, who infiltrated the non-descript village in West Bengal to set up terror arms factory, were radicalised in jihadi ideology in the same Simulia Madrassa. Sources said “At least four teams of the NIA have launched a simultaneous probe at Burdwan, Kolkata, Nadia and Barpeta in Assam.

Non-violent
67 October 13 Mangalkot

NIA found that the Simulia Madrassa was used for arms and IED training. Air gun cartridges, glass bottles tied with chords for use as targets, and pellets embedded in the mud walls gave proof of target practice. There were bundles of optical fibre, electrical equipment and a lot of chemicals found in three rooms. NIA also seized a Sigma table clock, whose circuit could be used as a timer in an IED, sources said. Investigators seized a phone book believed to belong to Yousuf Sheikh, the terror module's mentor.

Non-violent
68 October 14 Burdwan

The NIA investigators questioned three mysterious suspects at a Park Circus nursing home, Kolkata where they were admitted by Burdwan Police on October 6 with blast injuries. NIA is probing if the trio is linked to the Burdwan blast. There is tell-tale evidence at the Burdwan blast site that a few more people may have been present when the IEDs exploded. However, the injured trio has denied involvement in the Burdwan blast, claiming they were injured in a separate blast in Malda on October 5.

Non-violent
69 October 14 Mangalkot

NIA has found a secret chamber-like small room at Shimulia madrassa, which was allegedly used as a terror hideout with links with Burdwan blast. This clandestine room was apparently used to store either arms and explosives or militant literature. The NIA recovered several key books, documents and arms from the room.

Non-violent
70 October 14 Lalgola in Murshidabad

Another madrassa at Lalgola in Murshidabad, suspected to be a terror hideout, has also come under the scanner of the NIA. The madrassa has remained under lock and key since October 3, a day after the Burdwan blast.

Non-violent
71 October 14 Burdwan

The NIA officials were surprised by the variety of explosives and chemicals found at the blast site in Burdwan leading them to suspect a foreign link with the accused. The list of explosives seized includes gun powder, power gel, picric acid, lead azide, magnesium powder, urea nitrate, potassium nitrate, sulphur, ammonium nitrate, iron oxide, methyl alcohol, ethanol, nitrobenzene, barium peroxide, sodium hydroxide and lead nitrate purified. Besides, detonators, wires and timer devices were also seized. An officer said "This is the first time such a variety of chemicals and explosives were found at a single place related to blast suspects.”

Non-violent
72 October 15 Malda District

Two persons, identified as Ziaul Sheikh and his son Nawab Sheikh were injured in a blast in the Malda District of West Bengal while making bombs. A senior officer of Baishnabnagar Police station said that both were injured late in the evening (October 15) when they, along with some others, were allegedly trying to make bombs in the house of one Murshed Sheikh. District ASP, Abhishek Modi said that "We have information about the incident. Murshed Sheikh is absconding after the incident and a search is on to trace his whereabouts. A police team has already rushed to the spot to investigate the matter."

Violent
73 October 15 Bolpur town

The NIA arrested one of the most wanted in the Burdwan blast case, identified as Habibur Shiekh, an alleged operative of the terror module and 'trainer' at the Shimulia madrassa from Muluk on the outskirts of Bolpur town in Birbhum District of West Bengal.

Non-violent
74 October 15 Kirnahar market in Birbhum District

NIA also arrested alleged Kader aide Hifzulla Kaji from Kirnahar market in Birbhum District of West Bengal in connection with the Burdwan blast case. According to Police, Kader had ganged up with a group of local youths, including Hifzulla.

Non-violent
75 October 15 Burdwan District

NIA discovered two more suspicious constructions in Burdwan District. One of them is in Nigon village, about 5 kilometers from the Shimulia madrassa that was allegedly used to indoctrinate and train women recruits for JMB. The second unfinished building is at Tamilpukur, just one and a half kilometers from the Shimulia madrassa.

Non-violent
76 October 15 Mangalkot

NIA officers have found blood stains in the Tata Nano car found parked near the Simulia madrassa. Investigators fear that Sahidul might have driven some of those injured in the Burdwan blast to safe destinations. NIA believes that the Indian Army sticker pasted on the car was genuine and procured from the Army base at Nasik, Maharashtra which is home to the Artillery Regiment HQ. According to the sources, the central agencies including NSG and ED will also arrive in Burdwan on October 16 to look into the matter.

Non-violent
77 October 15 Burdwan District

Despite initial suspicion that the Burdwan blast might be linked to a terror module of either the al Qaeda or the ISIS, both the NIA and Central intelligence agencies have now categorically ruled out any such possibility. Two alleged terrorists believed to be members of the JMB died in the Burdwan blast and it was being initially suspected that the JMB had directed them to set up terror modules in India for either al Qaeda or the ISIS. Sources said so far the probe has not revealed any al Qaeda or ISIS link though the investigations are progressing at a fast pace.

Non-violent
78 October 15 West Bengal

A series of Internet chats between key members of IM based in India and Pakistan provided leads as early as July 2013 to the emergence of new terror modules with links to West Bengal, Assam and Bangladesh, and a branch leader identified only as “Bengali”.  The transcripts of some of these chats, unearthed last year by NIA reveal that the ground had been laid in 2013 to launch terror operations under the leadership of “Bengali”. They also indicate that it was this operative who carried out the SMS campaign in 2012 that sparked panic among people from the northeast living in southern cities such as Bangalore (Karnataka).

Non-violent
79 October 16 Burdwan

The NIA recovered a sack containing 40 improvised hand grenades from a store room in a house near the Burdwan blast occurred. NIA officials said that “NIA investigators, along with Burdwan District Police during a search of the house of one Rezaul Karim recovered the IEDs this evening (October 16)”. This is one of the three houses found by the investigators to be used by the blast suspects besides the one where the explosion had taken place. NIA had conducted searches at various places including the residence and shop of the arrested accused Hashem Moulla alias Badre Alam in Burdwan District.

Non-violent
80 October 16 Burdwan

The UMHA has placed a company of BSF, comprising around 100 personnel, at the disposal of NIA to help it with raids and searches conducted as part of the Burdwan blasts probe.

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81 October 16 Burdwan

The NIA has found fresh evidence which shows that the terror module stored IEDs at several hideouts in four Districts of West Bengal. According to central intelligence sources the nature of the planning and the information from the interrogation of Abdul Hakim at SSKM Hospital in Kolkata point towards links with HuJI, SIMI and LeT. The network's main targets in Bangladesh were Dhaka and Rajshahi but Indian cities may also have been on the radar. Hakim has told investigators that the module has extensive presence across Burdwan, Birbhum, Murshidabad and Nadia and was scouting for new hideouts in West Midnapore and Malda.

Non-violent
82 October 17 Malda District

Police recovered more than two dozen crude bombs from a mango orchard in 16 Mile area under Kaliachak Police station in Malda District of West Bengal. A Police officer said that "About 30 crude bombs have been found from the bag. A bomb disposal squad is diffusing them. We are also in the lookout for Mohshin Sheikh, the owner of the orchard."

Non-violent
83 October 17 Burdwan

The NIA, which is investigating the Burdwan blast case, in a preliminary report submitted to the Central Government said that there was a conspiracy by the Burdwan terror module to convert West Bengal into a major terror hub over the next few months to carryout subversive activities in different parts of the country. The NIA along with Central intelligence agencies is investigating the matter which is suspected to have international ramifications also.

Non-violent
84 October 17 West Bengal

With mounting evidence that the JMB network has spread its tentacles across the central and bordering Districts of West Bengal, NIA has begun visiting each of the suspects' homes and questioning their aides. According to intelligence inputs, JMB cadres are known to recruit from their close and extended families, creating strong blood networks. Sources said that "once you begin questioning these aides of the absconding men, there are chances you can gain valuable leads."

Non-violent
85 October 18 West Bengal

The NIA is getting new clues to a wider terror network with each passing day of its investigation into the Burdwan blast case. An intelligence sources said that What was suspected to be the handiwork of elements from SIMI, HuJI and LeT of India and JMB of Bangladesh now seems to point to a much bigger network that was trying to recruit, train and push back cadres into Bangladesh and parts of Assam to "revive Jihadi terrorism."

Non-violent
85 October 19 Murshidabad District

The NIA and a BSF team, in a raid at three key hideouts in Murshidabad District of West Bengal, recovered several crucial evidence in connection with the Burdwan blast of October 2. NIA team with BSF’s intelligence officials and personnel searched the unlicensed madrassa, Talimul Banatli Hatematuj Johura at Mukhimnagar village in Lalgola and recovered two gas cylinders, two motorbikes, bunches of jihadi scripts, some of them being half-burnt, and leaflets.

After that NIA-BSF joint team raided the house of Mofazzul alias Laden, who has been absconding and recovered two cell phones, a SIM, a mobile chip, a passbook and some money receipts.

Later, they searched “Burqa Ghar” in Beldanga which had been run by Shakeel Ahmed, one of the two deceased in the Burdwan blast and recovered a cellphone, a SIM, various carry bags and leaflets.

Non-violent
86 October 19 Burdwan

Another NIA team questioned Mithu Sheikh, an aide of the terror accused, and his family members at the office of sub-divisional Police officer at Bolpur in Birbhum District. The Police then summoned him. Reports also said that during the day, the officers inspected the blast site in Burdwan once again and recovered various items close to two dozen.

Non-violent
87 October 19 Burdwan

The NIA officials are on the lookout for three children of Yousuf Sheikh, Rahima Khatoon (5), Asifa Khatoon (4) and son Khattab Sheikh (2). Yousuf Sheikh is one of the key accused in the Burdwan blast case, who used to give jihadi training at the Simulia madrassa in Mangalkote. NIA officials believe that Yousuf, who is now absconding, will not take the risk of travelling with three kids, as they are too young and this can even lead to his identification. NIA officials also suspect that Yousuf would try to cross the border to reach Bangladesh.

Non-violent
88 October 20 Burdwan District

ED has summoned six persons in connection to the probe into funding of terror modules in Burdwan blast. According to sources, the six persons are Asua Biwi (Burhan Seikh's mother), Abul Kalam (absconding Seikh Kader's brother), Jamat Seikh of Napara village (Ayesha's father), Seikh Asadulla of Bhatar, Nazrul and Israel (brothers of Yousuf Sheikh).

Non-violent
89 October 20 Burdwan District

CID recovered cash worth INR 44,000 from Rumi Biwi, wife of deceased Shakeel Ahmed Gazi, from the Khagragarh house in Burdwan District. She has told investigators that she has received INR 30,000 from Nadia and INR 14,000 was given to her by Rezaul. She said she took the money to purchase land at Goda mouza to build her own house. NIA has already discovered that Yousuf Seikh purchased several plots for construction of madrassas. They have also traced 48 bank accounts of Yusuf and 21 bank accounts of Ayesha to Canara Bank's Nigon branch. ED has now started to track those behind such large pay-outs.

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90 October 20 Burdwan District

Three NIA officials, led by DSP Vijayendra Singh, have begun the probe to find out whether there was a TMC party office above the garage at the Burdwan blast house. The agency questioned landlord and TMC leader Nurul Hasan Choudhury and his son Ashraf Ali Choudhury over four hours.

Non-violent
91 October 21 Burdwan District

Specific intelligence reports reaching the Centre suggest that the NIA's team probing the Burdwan blast case is facing a serious threat from subversive elements. According to the sources, even though the NIA team has been provided adequate security cover by para-military and local Police, the high threat perception shows that the Burdwan terror module had probably managed to establish a good network within the state (West Bengal) and subversive elements may want to prevent security agencies from busting the entire module. The case has serious security ramifications for both India and Bangladesh due to which intelligence agencies of the two countries are said to be working in close co-ordination.

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92 October 24 Burdwan

The NIA, along with West Bengal CID, STF and Jamshedpur Police arrested one suspect, identified as Sheesh Mahmood (45), from Tanzil Manzil, Azadnagar Raod No-12A in Jamshedpur in Purbi Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. The joint team led by Bidhannagar commissionerate inspector Tarak Bhattacharya recovered two mobiles, three SIM cards, telephone diary, passport, voter card, driving licence and other documents. According to the sources, NIA is now focusing on Jamshedpur in connection with the Burdwan blast (West Bengal) on October 2 after their interrogation revealed Sheesh Mahmood's links with JMB, LeT and his Bangladeshi nationality. Police sources also said Sheesh was originally a resident of Bagura District of Bangladesh but has been living in Jamshedpur with his second wife Nazira Biwi for the past nine years during which he graduated from a mason to building contractor.

Non-violent
93 October 24 Darjeeling District

Sources said that a man suspected to be Sheikh Yusuf, one of the key operatives accused of running the JMB module in West Bengal, has been arrested from a border town in Nepal by Kolkata police's STF. According to the sources, the detained man, whose appearance apparently matches with Yusuf's latest photograph that is with the investigators, was arrested from Kakarbhitta, around 70km from Siliguri, Darjeeling District on the other side of the Nepal border. STF sources said that "We are certain that the detained man is Yusuf and have handed him over to the NIA, which is probing the Bardhaman blast." However, NIA did not confirm any such detention.

Non-violent
94 October 26 Malda District

The BSF recovered FICNs of over INR 1.4 million from Sasani border outpost in Malda District of West Bengal. The fake notes, wrapped in a polythene bag were thrown over the fence from Bangladesh to Indian side of the border. Recovered FICNs were handed over to Police for further disposal.

Non-violent
95 October 26 Burdwan

NSA Ajit Doval is expected to visit the blast site in Burdwan and meet CM Mamata Banerjee on October 27. He is also expected to meet officers of the Central agencies in Kolkata. Ajit Doval's visit comes on the back of NIA chief Sharad Kumar's revelation that they had found some 58 terror modules operating in West Bengal. The investigators have zeroed in on some 180 Bangladeshi nationals operating these modules and working with JMB. This deadly al Qaeda affiliate, JMB has reportedly been planning attacks both in India and Bangladesh.

Non-violent
96 October 26 West Bengal

India's intelligence report has revealed that JMB was plotting a terror attack on Bangladesh to assassinate PM Sheikh Hasina and opposition BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia. MHA official revealed that ISI was running the entire plot from Dubai and helping JMB to establish its modules in West Bengal, where at least 58 terror modules have been discovered by NIA so far. The report also revealed that JMB was not plotting the terror attack alone, IM, other Kashmiri radical groups and Al Jihad, an outfit of al Qaeda, were also assisting it in developing the terror camps across West Bengal.

Non-violent
97 October 27 West Bengal

Sources said that NIA has conducted as many as 150 raids to get the suspected JMB members across the country, especially West Bengal, Assam and some South Indian states. During the investigation, NIA has found that JMB was trying to set up bases in different locations and recruiting locals.

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98 October 27 Bardhaman

Sources said that the JMB module in Bardhaman managed to transport six IED consignments to Bangladesh to be used for terrorist activities. Investigators are trying to find out whether the explosives found in Bardhaman, were exclusively meant for Bangladesh or to be used somewhere in India as well, the source said.

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99 October 27 Bardhaman

NSA Ajit Doval visited the Bardhaman District of West Bengal where the blast occurred on October 2. Later he met CM Mamata Banerjee and conveyed the details about jihadis "playing havoc in Bengal" and pointed out how terror elements were using Bengal for their gain. Sources said that he cautioned Mamata that the terror module unearthed after the Bardhaman blast had far more sinister designs than believed.

Non-violent
100 October 28 Bardhaman

A NIA report on the Bardhaman blast case revealed a new trend of women taking to Jihadi indoctrination and terror activities in JMB all-female jihadi training centres in Bardhaman and Murshidabad areas of West Bengal. According to top officials, these centres started operating in 2011 and recruited women who were trained in bomb-making and violent extremist ideologies. Sources said that the two madrassas, one is at Shimulia in Bardhaman District and another is at Laal Gola in Murshidabad District were reportedly training only females in bomb making and other terror activities like transporting arms and ammunition safely from one area to the other. NIA officers concluded that Rejara Biwi and Amina Biwi, arrested after the October 2 Bardhaman blast, were also trained in one of these madrassas and a few more madrassas in the bordering areas are under the NIA scanner. "So far, we have been able to link 40 terror modules to the Bardhaman blast," said an officer.

Non-violent
101 October 28 Bardhaman

The NIA report said that Interrogation of the suspects have also revealed that at least 40 ready IEDs were shipped to Bangladesh in four consignments. However, Investigators were yet to ascertain whether the explosive shipments were moved within the country. According to the sources, the bomb-manufacturing unit was operational for almost three years in the house rented by alleged JMB terrorists in Bardhaman District.

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102 October 28 Bardhaman

Sources said that the Bardhaman blast mastermind, Sheikh Kausar, who escaped after the blast is believed to have been in Birbhum District for three days after the blasts. He went off the radar on October 5. Unconfirmed reports said that Kausar may have escaped to Nepal and the Security agencies are learnt to have received information on his whereabouts.

Non-violent
103 October 28 West Bengal

A status report on the probe into the Bardhaman blast states at least 165 to 190 Bangladeshis managed to sneak into India in the past few months to join JMB terror modules. Investigators have identified as many as 27 routes used by terrorists to move within the country and sneak out. NIA has broadly divided the routes in three categories, inter-Districts, inter-State and borders with Bangladesh and Nepal. Report said that nearly 58 terror modules had bases in nine Districts of Bengal, including Bardhaman, Birbhum, Nadia, Murshidabad, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, Howrah, and South and North 24-Parganas. It is also believed that these routes were chosen to give them easy access to UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and Sikkim and Bangladesh and Nepal.

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104 October 29 West Bengal

Intelligence officials in West Bengal have found a purported al Qaeda pamphlet, which talks about establishing an ISIS-style Islamic caliphate in Bangladesh which eventually includes several eastern and northeastern Indian states. The pamphlet, written in Bangla and being secretly distributed in West Bengal and Assam, says establishing a caliphate in Bangladesh is crucial for intensifying jihad in Indian states on the eastern border. The pamphlet specifically mentions West Bengal and Assam, though intelligence officials suspect Bihar and Jharkhand also feature in the terror group's plans. The pamphlet, suspected to have been smuggled into the state through Bangladesh, was discovered a few days before the October 2 Bardhaman blast in West Bengal.

Non-violent
105 October 29 Bardhaman

The NIA, investigating the Bardhaman blast case, will interrogate two persons arrested from Chinwan in Madhya Pradesh along with huge amount of FICNs. NIA has found during the investigation that the duo arrested by Madhya Pradesh Police allegedly made several calls to Shakil Ahmed Gazi (who died in the Bardhaman blast) six days before the Bardhaman blast on October 2. NIA officers believe the duo might provide vital links in the case. The NIA also has information that the duo was in touch with the six suspected SIMI activists who fled from a jail at Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh and were allegedly responsible for the Bijnor blast in UP.

Non-violent
106 October 30 West Bengal

The officials of the ED has informed the NIA, which is probing the Islamist terror network in West Bengal, that a prominent TMC leader was involved in passing funds through hawala transactions to the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, who were running terror training camps in the state. The ED has provided detailed information to the NIA officials on how the JMB terrorists received funds from the Jamaat in Bangladesh through some businessmen in the state.

Non-violent
107 October 30 Bardhaman

The ED registered a case of money laundering against JMB and several of its recruits to probe the funding of Bardhaman blasts. The case was registered by the agency based on the FIR filed by the NIA and the information provided by it. Sources said all the accused in the case, including two women, who are part of the NIA FIR are also accused in the ED case.

Non-violent
108 October 31 West Bengal

The NIA announced rewards ranging from INR 3 lakh to INR 10 lakh on 12 suspected members of JMB in connection with the Bardhaman blast case. The identification details of these suspects including photographs, build, complexion and height, and their known addresses have been uploaded on the NIA website. The suspects on whom the NIA has declared the highest reward of INR 10 lakh are Sajid, a suspected Bangladeshi national and the head of the Bardhaman module Kausar, who made IEDs and transported them to Bangladesh Yusuf Sheikh, who oversaw jihadi indoctrination and training at the Shimulia mosque and jihadi trainers Nasirullah and Talha Sheikh. A bounty of INR 5 lakh each has been announced on Amjad Ali Sheikh, the main supplier of chemicals for the IEDs fabricated by the Bardhaman module Sahanur Alom, a resident of Barpeta in Assam and Habibur Rahman Sheikh, resident of Birbhum in West Bengal. Absconding suspect Abul Kalam alias Azad, Burhan Sheikh, Rejaul Karim and Jahirul Shaikh carry a reward of INR3 lakh each. According to the NIA, seven of the suspects are said to be from different parts of West Bengal and Assam. Official said that "All the 12 suspects have been declared proclaimed offenders by court in connection with the Bardhaman blast case or the conspiracy hatched by the JMB."

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109 October 31 Bardhaman

According to the latest investigation update shared by the NIA with the UMHA, a key Bardhaman blast suspect Amjad Ali alias Kajal may have been hiding in Delhi around the time the NIA took over the probe from West Bengal Police. Amjad Ali, the main supplier of chemicals for IEDs to be used by JMB for attacks in Bangladesh and different parts of India, is believed to have escaped from West Bengal soon after the blast and was in Delhi on October 8. Sources said that the NIA's probe into SIM card details of the accused has not only exposed JMB's network extending to several Indian states, including West Bengal, Assam and Tamil Nadu, but it has also thrown up numbers in Bangladesh, Nepal and Saudi Arabia.

Non-violent
110 October 31 West Bengal

NIA in its preliminary report to the UMHA has not mentioned anything about JMB's alleged plan to target Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and the main opposition leader Khaleda Zia. NIA, meanwhile, identified 14 women cadres of the JMB who were training girls enrolled in two madarssas in Shimulia in Bardhaman District and in Lalgola in Murshidabad District in "gun shooting and other jihadi activities." The agency also said that the JMB aimed to establish an Islamic State comprising Bangladesh and the Murshidabad, Malda and Nadia Districts of West Bengal.

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111 November 1 West Bengal

NIA announced a reward of INR 5,00,000 to information leading to the arrest of a 'most wanted' suspect, Sahanour Alom alias Doctor hailing from Barpeta District of Assam. After about a week from the October 2, 2014 blast in West Bengal's Bardhaman District, he disappeared.

Non-violent
112 November 1 West Bengal

The Assam Police arrested Zakaria on charges of having links with terror outfit, JMB. While local Police of Assam, suspect Alom has been associated with JMB for about three years or so, NIA has found evidence of his frequent trips to Bardhaman and other places in West Bengal. The Assam Police meanwhile is on the look-out for Alom's wife Sajina, who hails from Chenimari Borpitha village in Barpeta District, for her alleged links with JMB. Sajina, Police said, had attended a madrasa in Bardhaman District, before she got married to Alom.

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113 November 2 Bardhaman

A seven-member NIA team, along with experts of the CFSL, raided an aluminum factory in Shantipara of Bardhaman District. Abdul Hakim, the JMB terrorist who was injured in the bomb blast at Khagragarh on October 2, 2014 and presently admitted at SSKM Hospital in Kolkata, used to work in the factory. The factory is very near from the Khagragarh blast site. Hakim's wife Amina Biwi, who is in NIA custody at present, has told the investigators during interrogations that Abdul Hakim has been working at that factory for INR 100 per day remuneration. On October 1, a day before the blast, Hakim had worked there for the last time.

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114 November 6 Guwahati

Assam Police arrested Susena Begum alias Sajina Begum, wife of Sahanur Alam, who is one among the 12 people wanted by NIA in connection with October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast. She was arrested from the Inter-state bus terminus on the outskirts of Guwahati. Sahanur went underground along with Sajina and their two children after the police had arrested six people in connection with the blast case from Assam's Barpeta District last month. The investigators believed that Sahanur and his wife carried money, sourced in Bangladesh, to the Simulia madrasa in West Bengal. The madrasa is in news for its link to terror outfit JMB.

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115 November 7 Bardhaman

The NIA arrested an alleged operative of the JMB, Zia-ul-Haque, in connection with the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast case, from Talha Masjid in Khagragarh area of Bardhaman District of West Bengal. Haque, a resident of Old Gurutolla in Malda District of West Bengal, is considered to be closely associated with top JMB 'commanders', and absconding operatives Rezaul Karim and Yusuf Sheikh alias Moulana Yusuf.

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116 November 7 Birbhum District

NIA arrested Amjad Sheikh alias Kajal, a JMB militant and an accused in the Bardhaman blasts (October 2, 2014) case from Birbhum District of West Bengal. According to NIA, Kajal procured explosives from various chemical shops in Kolkata on the pretext of legitimate business and supplied it to bomb-makers such as Shakil Ghazi and Shobhan Mandal, who died in the Bardhaman blast. These bombs were then transported across the border by couriers such as Kausar. He is suspected to be part of a network in Delhi which NIA is now investigating. It is also suspected that he procured explosive chemicals from at least two suppliers in Delhi who also have businesses in Kolkata.

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117 November 8 Kolkata

West Bengal Police arrested Sheikh Rahmatullah alias Sajid, 'chief commander' of JMB and key accused in Bardhaman blast (October 2, 2014) case from Jessore Road near Kolkata airport. Sajid carried a reward of INR 10, 00,000 which was announced by the NIA last week. The Bidhannagar ATS and Kolkata Police STF made the arrest and handed him over to the NIA. According to NIA sources, Sajid was "one of the key leaders in the JMB conspiracy" and his arrest will help unravel the outfit's terror designs not only against Bangladesh but also on possible Indian targets. "He was one of the key JMB leaders and is undoubtedly a big catch," a senior NIA official commented.

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118 November 9 Bardhaman District

At least four women jihadis trained at Simulia madrasa (Islamic seminary) in Bardhaman District (West Bengal) are at large Assam, reveals Sujena Begum one of the accused in the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast. "Sujena has said during interrogation that she and at least four other women from the state have also been trained at Simulia. They all went for a three-month training programme," a source said.

Non-violent
119 November 9 West Bengal

Report said that JMB allegedly involved in the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast, was planning to carry out terror attacks in India, in addition to the outfit's plans to trigger explosion in the neighbouring country. According to the sources who questioned Sajid, alleged to be a mastermind of the blast, JMB was trying to set up a terror network in West Bengal, particularly in three Districts of Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, and in Assam through armed struggle besides having an 'Shariyat' rule in Bangladesh, official sources said. In the process, the banned terror group was ready to do terror acts to achieve their goal, Sajid, a Bangladeshi national and stated to be the 'chief commander' of JMB, is claimed to have confessed before the investigators.

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120 November 10 Salt Lake area

A minor explosion took place outside the CRPF camp in West Bengal's Salt Lake area where NIA has set up a makeshift office for the Bardhaman blast probe. NIA officers were questioning three major Bangladeshi terror suspects Sajid, Hamid and Zia-ul-Haque when the blast was heard around 7.30pm, said sources.

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121 November 11 Kolkata

A court in Kolkata sent JMB militant Amjad Sheikh, a key conspirator in the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast to NIA custody till November 20, 2014. Absconding after the blast, Sheikh allegedly was hiding in UP before his eventual arrest from West Bengal.

Non-violent
122 November 13 West Bengal

NIA has tracked the source of funds utilised in Bardhaman blast of October 2, 2014 to sustain the JMB modules in India. The agency has identified a man named Abdul Noor, suspected to be a key operative of the outfit in Bangladesh, as the man who carried cash tranches across the border periodically. NIA has also identified a JMB operative from West Bengal who was working as a mason in Jammu and Kashmir. The man has already been interrogated by the agency.

Non-violent
123 November 18 Bardhaman

One Pulak Sadhu (30), the owner of a house-cum-shop in Kesabganj Chati in Bardhaman District was picked up by the NIA sleuths for interrogations after Bardhaman blast suspect, Amjad revealed he kept the picric acid at his accommodation rented out by Pulak. This place is barely one kilometre from the Khagragarh blast site. When the NIA officials grilled Pulak, he told them that after knowing that Amjad was a suspected JMB terrorist, he threw all the containers to a pond near Rabindra Bhwan in Borhat area of Bardhaman. Pulak himself accompanied the NIA officials and fishermen to the pond, where five containers of picric acid were recovered. Five more containers are missing. Amjad had earlier told NIA that there were ten containers with pricric acid at the Borhat godown.

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124 November 18 West Bengal

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee met UHM Rajnath Singh and discussed with him the Bardhaman blast and other issues concerning the state. Official sources said that during the 30-minute meeting, Banerjee briefed the home minister regarding the prevailing law and order in West Bengal. Singh is understood to have raised the issue of incident of the blast and asked Banerjee to intensify the vigil across the state. Issues like modernisation of Police Forces and the Naxal situation also figured their meeting, sources said.

Non-violent

125 November 19 West Bengal

Intelligence agencies tracking the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman (West Bengal) blast said that some madrasas in West Bengal had indoctrinated children to hatred and violence. The interrogation of terror suspect, Sujena Begum, wife of Sahanur Alom, has revealed that Simulia Madrasa used by JMB as terror training centre had admitted a few girls from Assam in the 11-18 age group.

Non-violent
126 November 20 Kolkata

A city sessions court in Kolkata sent Myanmarese national Khaleed alias Mohammed Khalid, who was brought to Kolkata on transit remand after his arrest over his alleged links with the Bardhaman blast, to eight days' NIA custody. All the eight accused arrested in connection with the Bardhaman blast were produced before the court. Sajid alias Rahmatullah, the head of JMB's Bardhaman module and Amjad Seikh, the man responsible for supplying chemicals were also sent to NIA custody. Five others, Abdul Hakim, Zia-ul-Haque, Hasem Mollah alias Burhan Mollah, Amina Biwi and Rajia Biwi, were sent into judicial custody till December 5.

Non-violent
127 November 21 Murshidabad District

Indian security agencies believe that the absconding ''Haath-Kata'' Nasirullah, who was training jihadis at Mukimnagar in Murshidabad District of West Bengal is none other than JMB ''military chief'' Sohel Mahfuz. Bangladeshi authorities have indicated that Mahfuz is the most important name on the list of 41 militants suspected to be hiding in India. Dhaka had handed over this list to India two days ago. Sources say Myanmar militant Khalid Mohammad and JMB ''Bengal head'' Sajid both of whom are in custody have confirmed that Mahfuz was posing as Nasirullah in India.

Non-violent
128 November 21 West Bengal

Investigators have found a link between of Saradha Scam and Bardhaman blast of October 2, 2014. Shakil Ahmed alias Swapan Mondal one of the bombers killed at Bardhaman blast had received Saradha funds which were in turn channelised to West Bengal, an officer with the NIA informed. The agencies are looking at close to INR 75 crore transaction between the JMB and the Saradha masterminds. Although Shakil Ahmed is dead, documents which belonged to him which have been seized go on to suggest that he had moved money for the Saradha accused 18 times in the past three years and parked the money in installments in Bangladesh.

Non-violent
129 November 27 Bishnupur, North 24-Parganas District

Police recovered a JMB poster pasted on the boundary walls of the playground of a high school at Bishnupur under Rajarhat Police Station in North 24-Parganas District of West Bengal. The poster, written in black ink has threatening of a human bomb explosion at Sealdah Railway Station (Kolkata) as part of JMB plan.

Non-violent
130 November 27 Kolkata

A team of Bangladeshi intelligence officials reached Kolkata to talk to investigators, including the NIA, regarding the October 2 Bardhaman blast in which terror group JMB is suspected to be involved. The team comprises high-ranking officials of Bangladesh's Directorate General of Forces Intelligence, the National Security Intelligence and the Detective Branch and other agencies. The delegation will share information with the NIA to help it locate more suspects.

Non-violent
131 November 28 West Bengal

NIA and the West Bengal authorities sought court permission for five-day Police remand of three top JMB operatives so that they can be questioned by a visiting Bangladeshi intelligence team. In the past hours, security personnel of Bangladesh have questioned some key suspects in the October 2 Bardhaman blast, particularly the 'head of 65th unit' (Bengal unit) of JMB Sk Rehmatullah alias Sajid. They are also likely to question Abdul Hamid, who survived the blast. NIA and Bangladeshi security agencies are also trying to gauge the level of infiltration JMB has among the Rohingyas of Myanmar that has security implications for both nations.

Non-violent
132 November 29 Malda District

BSF troopers arrested a man, identified as Rejabul Haque and seized FICN with a face value over INR 2,56,500 in Malda District. The arrest and the seizure was made from near Churiantpur border outpost. The accused along with the notes have been handed over to Police.

Non-violent
133 November 29 West Bengal

BSF South Bengal Frontier in November, 2014 seized FICN with face value of INR 23, 94,000 along with 48.78 kilogram of ganja (hashish) and over 5.5 kilogram of gold. The recovery were made in the three Districts of Malda, Murshidabad and Nadia. BSF troopers have also arrested 339 Bangladeshi illegal migrants in the past month.

Non-violent
134 December 1

Malda District

Police arrested one person from Engrej Bazar area of Malda District for allegedly possessing FICN with a face value of INR 165,000.

Non-violent
135 December 2

Malda District

A packet containing FICN of INR 1000 and IR 500 denominations having a total face value of INR 1.4 million were seized by BSF at Kaliachak in Malda District. The packet was thrown over the border fencing from Bangladesh side near Sasani border outpost.

Non-violent
136 December 2

Kolkata

There accused in the October 2, 2014 Bardhaman blast in West Bengal, were sent to judicial custody till December 5 by a court in Kolkata. The trio of JMB 'commander' Sajid, Myanmar national Khalid Mohammed and Abdul Hakim who was injured in the blast were presented before the Chief Sessions Judge Mohammad Mumtaz Khan, on the expiry of their respective NIA and judicial custody.

Non-violent
137 December 3

West Bengal

The ED probing the money laundering aspect in October 2, 2014 Bardhaman (West Bengal) blast case has unearthed a few suspect bank accounts and would probe whether they were linked to terror funding. "We have got a few account numbers of some unidentified persons while probing the money trail in the Bardhaman blast case," an official said. The agency would probe possible links of these accounts to find whether money was used for terror funding.

Non-violent
138 December 21

Malda District / West Bengal

Two people, identified as Bishnu Miyan and Tariq Sheikh were arrested along with FICNs of INR 596,000 in Malda District of West Bengal by BSF troopers. The accused, both residents of the District have been handed over to Police.

Non-violent
139 December 27

Farakka railway station / Murshidabad District / West Bengal

FICN with face value of INR 3,96,000 were recovered from Farakka railway station in Murshidabad District in West Bengal, by the BSF and GRP. Reportedly, the South Bengal Frontier of the BSF so far recovered FICN with a face value of INR 1,60,00,000 so far in 2014.

Non-violent

2013

Sl. No.

Date

Place

Incident

Nature
1

January 4

Malda District

Rajib Singha, son of local leader of CPM, was arrested, for allegedly acting as a courier for FICN.

Non-violent
2
January 28

Sealdah Railway Station, Kolkata District

About eight kilograms of explosives were seized from Jalal Ali

Non-violent
3
January 28

A forest are under Bagmundi Police Station, Purulia District

Counter Insurgency Force and Police recovered about eight kilograms of explosives and landmine-making equipment.

Non-violent
4
January 31

Birhata, Burdwan, Burdwan District

Two persons were arrested when they went to deposit FICN at SBI branch.

Non-violent
5
February 6

Bowbazar Police Station, Kolkata District

Salil Ansari along with FICN worth INR 498,000.

Non-violent
6
February 11

Kaliachak, Malda District

BSF seized FICN worth INR 300,000 from IB.

Non-violent
7
February 16

New Market, Kolkata

Two African youths were arrested along with FICN worth INR 60,000 by STF.

Non-violent
8
April 22

Kolkata

Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajdoot, capable of several tasks, including surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and medical evacuation, was commissioned.

Statement
9
May 9

Dhubri-Cooch District

KLO militants fired at adjoining labour camps in Assam -West Bengal border Districts of Dhubri-Cooch Behar injuring two labourers. Later, one of the labourers, Monowar Hussain (22), succumbed to his injuries on May 10 the other one identified as Dadhimohan Roy is undergoing treatment in Dhubri.

Violent
10
May 19 Darjeeling

Darjeeling Police arrested four agents of Pakistan's ISI who had been siphoning information from the Sukna cantonment of Darjeeling District for the past five years. One of them is a sacked Army driver and another GJM leader. Three others, including an army clerk, have been detained for interrogation.

Arrested
11
May 19

Sukna cantonment, Darjeeling District

Darjeeling Police arrested four agents of Pakistan's ISI who had been siphoning information for the past five years.

Non-violent
12
May 20

Sukna cantonment, Darjeeling District

Darjeeling Police arrested another ISI operative, identified as Mani Kumar Biswakarma for allegedly siphoning information from there.

Non-violent
13
May 23

Kolkata

Two people were arrested along with FICN with a face value of INR 400,000. The two are residents of Murshidabad District.

Non-violent
14
May 23

New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, Jalpaiguri District

Darjeeling Police arrested one Mohammad Azad, for his alleged links with Pakistan's ISI operatives based in Delhi.

Non-violent
15
May 23

Jammu District, J&K

An NIA officer said, "Through the Bangladesh border, it (FICN) was being pumped into India from West Bengal. It was being funnelled via Delhi to terror groups like Hizbul Mujahideen."

Statement
16
June 3 Kolkata The US Consulate on April 10, 2013, received a threat letter from the JeM. Violent
17
July 6 Kolkata

A suspected IM linkman, identified as Anwar Hussain Mullick was arrested with explosives and FICN from BBD Bag area of Kolkata by the Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police.

Non-Violent
18
August 7 Falakata and Cooch Behar

The RBI will impart training to BSF personnel to detect high-quality FICN smuggled through the porous India-Bangladesh border. IG-Guwahati frontier, S.K. Srivastava, said that personnel deployed in border areas in the three sectors, Dhubri (Assam), Falakata (West Bengal) and Cooch Behar (West Bengal), will be trained by RBI officials on how to detect FICN.

Statement
19
August 11

Malda / West Bengal

BSF said it has seized huge consignment of FICN worth INR 100,000 from Indo-Bangladesh border Outpost at Churiantpur in the Malda District of West Bengal.

Non-Violent
20
August 13

Kolkata

Biswajit Mitra and his wife Juthika were arrested in Kolkata by Bidhananagar North Police and produced in court for depositing 30 FICN of INR 500 denomination over-the Bank counter on August 7.

Arrested
21
August 21 Dinajpur / West Bengal

A person, Mohammad Alauddin suspected to have links with arrested Laskhar-e-Toiba operative Abdul Karim Tunda, has been arrested with FFICN at Mothergachi village in North Dinajpur District of West Bengal.

Non-Violent
22
August 25 Malda / West Bengal

BSF seized FICNs worth INR 1.25 million and arrested one alleged smuggler from Malda District in West Bengal along the Indo-Bangladesh border.

Non-Violent
23
August 26 Malda / West Bengal

A suspected linkman of terror outfit LeT, identified as Mohammad Abu Bakkar, was arrested from Malda District

Non-Violent
24
August 29 Malda / West Bengal

The BSF traced and seized a consignment of FICN with a face value of INR 2,00,000 from Churiantpur in Kaliachak (Malda District).

Non-Violent
25
September 2 Malda/ West Bengal

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Police has seized FICN with face value of INR 1,99,500 and arrested an alleged smuggler, identified as Mubin (28), from Malda District when he was boarding a train to Rajasthan.

Non-Violent
26
September 3 Churiantpur / Malda District /West Bengal

One person, identified as Noor Islam Sheikh, was arrested along with FICN with a face value of INR one million from India-Bangladesh border at Churiantpur area in Malda District of West Bengal.

Non-Violent
27
September 24

Malda/ West Bengal

BSF and the NIA seized FICN with the face value of INR10 lakh near Churiantpur border outpost in Malda District and also arrested a racketeer, identified as Iqtarul Haque.

Non-Violent
28
October 20

Malda/ West Bengal

The BSF South Bengal Frontier traced and seized a huge consignment of FICN with a face value of INR 600,000. A case has been registered under Kaliachak Police Station (Malda District) for further investigation and prosecution.

Non-Violent
29
October 21

Malda/ West Bengal

Police arrested two persons, Sakila Bibi and Jabdul Mia and seized FICN with a face value INR 10, 00, 000 from them in Baliadanga in Malda District.

Non-Violent
30
October 22

Nadia / West Bengal

IB has taken over the investigation into a suspected racket in the smuggling of Indian passports into Bangladesh. Central agencies, including the IB, were alerted after the BSF arrested a person on October 19 near the Indo-Bangladesh border in Nadia District of West Bengal with 32 Indian passports.

Non-Violent
31
October 26

Baishnabnagar /Malda

The BSF South Bengal Frontier seized a consignment of FICN with a face value of INR 1.1million from Baishnabnagar in Malda District.

Non-Violent
32
October 31 Kolkata

STF of the Kolkata Police arrested a person, identified as Mohammad Ali alias Mohammad Alee near Victoria Memorial. FICN with a face value of INR 50,000 were recovered also from his possession besides a passport of a foreign country.

Non-violent
33
November 7 Kolkata

Kolkata Police arrested four persons for their alleged involvement in running a fake foreign currency exchange racket. The accused identified as Kalam Sheikh, Himmayat Sheikh, Haidar Molla and Issar Rehman are Bangladeshi nationals.

Non-violent
34
November 10 Kolkata

Three undertrial prisoners escaped from Police custody at English Bazar Police station in Malda District.

Non-violent
35
December 4 Malda

The BSF arrested two Indian nationals and seized 2 pistols, 4 magazines, 14 live Rds, 3 mobiles and 145 bottles of Phensedyl from them in Churiantpur border outpost of Malda District.

Non-violent
36
December 10 Malda

Two persons, identified as Rintu Momin (32) and Mourshid Momin (48) from Malda in West Bengal have been arrested in Bhopal for circulating FICN in Bhopal.

Non-violent
37
December 14 Malda

A person was arrested near Daulatpur border outpost in Malda District by the BSF for trying to smuggle FICN with a face value INR 90,000 from Bangladesh.

Non-violent
38
December 19 North Paraganas District

BSF arrested one Bangladeshi national, Shabuj Mallik while he was trying to illegally sneak past the border with FICN worth INR 1,50,000 in 24 Paraganas North District.

Non-violent
39
December 24 Jalpaiguri District

SFs arrested three KLO militants, Pabitra Roy, Anukul Singh and Aditya Roy, in Jalpaiguri District. The trio was involved in extortion from tea garden owners and other businessmen from north Bengal by issuing threats. Cash amounting to INR 37,000, a motorcycle, mobile phones, some papers related to KLO and flags were seized from their possession.

Non-violent
40
December 26 Jalpaiguri District

Five persons were killed and several others were injured when a bomb kept on a bicycle went off on a road connecting Jalpaiguri town with National Highway (NH)-31 evening.

Violent
41
December 26 Malda District

A man and a woman were arrested in Malda District for allegedly possessing FICN with face value of INR 2, 00,000 of denomination INR 100, INR 500 and INR 1000.

Non-violent

2012

  • December 20: Mizanur Rahaman alias Shahjahan alias Bablu, a HuJI operative who was allegedly involved in the abduction of Khadim owner Partha Pratim Roy Burman and was absconding for 11 years, has been arrested up by the STF of Kolkata Police from Princep Ghat in Kolkata, West Bengal.

  • December 13: Two persons were arrested after FICN with face value of INR 600,000 was recovered from their possession at Baishnab Nagar near Farakka in Malda District (West bengal).

  • FICN with a face value of INR 300,000 was recovered from a person at Englishbazar area near Malda headquarters, West Bengal. One person was arrested in this connection.

  • December 12: Five people were arrested in Chandni Chowk area of Kolkata (West Bengal) along with FICN of face value INR two million seized from them.

  • December 10: It said the network for smuggling FICN was seized from Chengamanadum Nadakkavu and Kochi (in Kerala), Bettiah and Raxaul (Bihar), Kolkata (West Bengal), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Nawanshehr (Punjab).

  • BSF has started cracking down on labour agents who place Bangladeshi migrants to various industries in West Bengal and north-east.

    The NIA said Supreme Court that bail should not be granted to persons engaged in circulating high value FICN as it amounted to an act of terror intended to destabilize India's economy.

    It said the network for smuggling FICN was seized from Chengamanadum Nadakkavu and Kochi (in Kerala), Bettiah and Raxaul (Bihar), Kolkata (West Bengal), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Nawanshehr (Punjab).

  • December 7: Two kingpins of an international fake currency racket were arrested from Mohanpur in Malda District (West Bengal).

  • November 4: Bablu Khurshid Sheikh, a kingpin of a FICN and a Bengali film actor operating from Malda District in West Bengal, was arrested in Mumbai (Maharashtra).

  • November 3: 12 incidents of FICN in 2012-nine by the GRP and three by the CBI has revealed that currency peddlers have now found a safe Bangladesh-Malda (West Bengal)-Uttar Pradesh-Delhi route to smuggle FICN into India. A senior official of Uttar Pradesh GRP said, total FICN to the tune of INR 36, 71,000 had been recovered from 14 couriers in 12 months.

  • October 18: The West Bengal DGP warned that the CPI-Maoist have links with Pakistan spy agency ISI. According to UMHA sources, the observation was made by the West Bengal DGP at a meeting of the DGPs in New Delhi.

  • October 13: The NIA, with the help of BSF and local Police, arrested one person, identified as Badal Sheikh from Manoharpur in Malda District (West Bengal) for his alleged links with HM. FICN INR 20,000 were recovered from his possession.

  • September 30: Malda District has become a hub for smuggling of FICN. Additional Director-General (East), BSF, B D Sharma commented, "44 Indians and 13 from Bangladesh were arrested by BSF for smuggling fake notes in 2011 while in the first eight months of this year altogether 46 people, including 18 Bangladeshis, were caught".

  • September 26: It is learnt that FICN network is mainly operated from a village in Bangladesh called Mansoorpur (Rajshahi District), which is near the bordering town of Malda (Malda District) in West Bengal.

  • September 4: MHA has asked West Bengal government to keep tabs on the activities of SIMI in the state.

  • August 26: In the last few years, the states of Maharashtra and Delhi have contributed to 30 per cent of all counterfeit bills detected in circulation. Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal come next on the chart

  • August 20: According to RBI, Delhi has become hub for FICN. The data shows that Delhi has been emerging as the main hub of fake currency circulation, replacing earlier key areas like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

  • July 30: The Chandrapur police have arrested two persons along with FICN worth INR 1.37 of INR 1,000 denomination from West Bengal.

  • July 28: The Police arrested two persons, accused in FICN circulation racket from villages in Malda District of West Bengal.

  • July 23: Two persons were arrested and five country-made pistols were recovered from in West Bengal.

  • July 21: STF, Kolkata Police, recovered detonators and a jelly-like liquid from the hotel room of suspected IM militant, Haroon Rashid.

  • July 17: Kolkata Police's STF arrested a suspected terrorist, identified as Harun Rashid, of banned SIMI, believed to be active behind the Islamic terrorism in India and having close links with terror outfit IM.

  • July 14: A person was arrested with seven FICNs of INR 1000 denomination when he and an accomplice tried to buy medicine from a chemist shop at Bishnupur in West Bengal's Nadia District.

  • July 13: Malda District of West Bengal is fast becoming the prime destination for illicit poppy cultivation. Malda had always hit the headlines for illegal cross-border trade and being the entry point of FICNs to India from Bangladesh. This season, however, the paddy fields here have turned into opium cultivation zones.

  • June 5: Three persons were arrested from Howrah-bound Jamalpur Express at Burdwan station for carrying FICNs with a face value of INR 23,00,000.

  • May 19: Two employees of a private security agency, identified as Krishnakumar Sinha (31) and Debjyoti Ghosh (26) have been arrested on May 19, in Malda District for allegedly loading an ATM FICN 500-rupee notes.

  • May 18: At least four customers contacted the Central Bank of India in Rathbari, after they withdrew INR 13,000 in FICN from the ATM. The sources said it was the first time so many fake notes were reported to have come out from an ATM in a day in Malda District.

  • A woman, identified as Agamani Majumdar along with an accomplice posing as her husband, Prashanta Majumdar was arrested for possessing 22 FICNs with a face value of INR 1000 in Kalyani in Nadia District.

  • April 23: Police arrested former Congress Panchayat member Isha Hoque Ali from Dhulian ferryghat in Murshidabad District and seized FICN amounting to INR 200,000.

  • April 9: One person, identified as Shiekh Zahidur Rahman, was arrested and remanded in Police custody till April 19 in connection with an explosion in the Metiabruz area in Kolkata which claimed two lives in the evening of April 8.

  • April 2: NIA arrested a 'captain' of UNLF, identified as Beckon alias Arnold, with relation to supply of arms for the outfit, from Siliguri in West Bengal.

  • March 30: NSLA, an offshoot of Assam based APA has become active in Alipurduar Subdivision of Jalpaiguri District and Tufanganj area of Cooch Behar District in West Bengal. The group has influence among the plantation workers in different tea, gardens in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Udalguri Districts of Assam.

  • February 17: A Bangladeshi national, Sadiq ul Islam, said to be involved in circulating FICN and was arrested in Murshidabad (Murshidabad District) in West Bengal. Stacks of FICNs with a face value of INR 15000 and arms were recovered from his possession. Police also busted an illegal arms racket and arrested the kingpin, Wahid. Several kinds of sophisticated guns and ammunitions were recovered from him.

  • January 10: The NIA has claimed to have busted a major FICNs racket and arrested 14 persons - including leaders of the gang operating out of Malda in West Bengal - during a nationwide swoop. The accused were found to have direct links with their coordinators in Pakistan where these notes were printed.

  • Four persons including the Indian kingpin Morgen Hussain were arrested from Malda while four others were arrested in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), three in Tamil Nadu and one each in Gulbarga (Karnataka), Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) and Delhi.

  • January 9: In a joint operation, a special team comprising personnel of the NIA, the Border Security Force and the West Bengal Police arrested one Morgen Hossain (23) of Malda in West Bengal.

2010

  • September 9: A high alert was sounded by the West Bengal Police throughout the State late on September 8 after a Central intelligence input indicated that five militants of the JMB had crossed over to the State recently from Bangladesh to carry out terror attacks.

  • July 23: One person with alleged terror links was arrested by the Police in Maldah in West Bengal. FICN worth 15,000 INR were also recovered from him.

  • June 18: A Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) militant, Tirtha Burman, was arrested by the Police from one Indrajeet Roy’s house at Patiramjote in Matigara, outskirts of Siliguri. The Police also arrested Pratap Burman from the house on the suspicion that he was a KLO linkman. Indrajeet was charged with harboring criminals. An improvised 9-mm pistol, two magazines and 13 rounds of live cartridges were recovered from his possession. Tirtha Burman has given information on the outfit’s renewed efforts to raise money from businessmen in north Bengal to regroup and revive its activities.

  • March 1: Four Kolkata (West Bengal)  based businessmen have received extortion calls from the terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM), which is now headed by Amir Reza Khan, who hails from the city and was one of the masterminds of the 2002 American Center attack.  The outfit has demanded billions from the four entrepreneurs and have threatened them to pay up or face a fate like that of former Khadim’scompany chief Partha Pratim Roy Burman, who was abducted in 2001. The calls were traced to Dubai, Karachi and Nepal.  According to intelligence sources, the IM is in a desperate bid to raise money. It made similar calls last months to several industrialists and developers in Mumbai (Maharashtra), Surat (Gujarat) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu). Claiming that IM chief Amir Reza Khan is behind the threat, the sources say that the modus operandi suggests the role of the D-Company headed by fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

  • January 24: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata city Police seized INR 392000 Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) from three persons. The accused seem to have cracked the security features that people normally look for, officials said. Rabiul Islam (42), Rabiul (32) and Muzibar Sheikh (25) were remanded to Police custody until January 31 after being produced before a magistrate’s court.


2009

  • December 21: A high-level committee appointed by the Maharashtra Government to go into the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks has found serious lapses on the part of the then Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor in handling the "war-like" multi-pronged attack. However, the two-member committee did not find any serious lapses to act or react on the part of individual officers and Police Men of the Mumbai Police. "

  • November 17: Three Bangladeshi nationals, suspected of having links with the Pakistan-based terrorist outfits HuJI and LeT, were arrested by the STF of the Kolkata Police. Fake Indian Currency Notes with a face value of INR 3 million was seized from their possession along with several incriminating documents.

  • September 20: A woman, suspected of having links with the Pakistan's ISI, was arrested by the Police after her arrival at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, capital of West Bengal, from Bangkok on an Air India Express flight. The woman, identified as Jyoti Rana, a resident of Nawada village in New Delhi, was carrying three passports and a mobile phone that had several Pakistan numbers and certain documents.

  • July 31: A cadre of the Bangladesh-based Jamaat-e-Islami group was arrested by the Border Security Force personnel in Murshidabad District along the India-Bangladesh border. He was identified as Ikramul Haque, a resident of Sonaganga village in Bangladesh’s Naogaon District. A German revolver was recovered from his possession. Ikramul confessed during interrogation that he was associated with the group for quite sometime now. "He has admitted to have infiltrated into India twice before this and had procured arms from local arm dealers in the State," BSF Additional Deputy Inspector General (South Bengal Frontier), Vikash Chandra, said.

  • July 18: The prime accused of the January 2002 Kolkata American Centre attack case, Mohammad Sadiq alias Sadakat, was produced before a court in Kolkata which subsequently remanded him to 14-days Police custody. Sadiq was brought to Kolkata from Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh, on transit remand. He was reportedly arrested by the Mumbai Police in September 2008 for alleged involvement in subversive activities in different parts of the country.

  • July 12: Two persons were killed in a bomb blast at Ghoraberia Damupara in the Howrah District. Police were enquiring into the cause of the explosion. Meanwhile, the identities of the two victims were also being ascertained.

  • April 12-13: The West Bengal Police arrested a HuJI-B militant, identified as Mufti Ibrahim, from an apartment at Ashwini Nagar in Baguihati of North 24 Parganas District. Ibrahim was reportedly the mastermind in the grenade attack on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Bangladesh in 1999 and is the nephew of HuJI-B commander Mufti Abdul Hannan. He hails from Kotalipara in Gopalgunge and joined the HuJI-B after Hannan returned from Afghanistan in 1993 where he fought for Taliban.

  • April 5: A LeT militant, identified as Shahanawaz alias Chandan, was arrested by the Special Task Force from Lalgola in the Murshidabad District. Shahanawaz, an explosives expert, reportedly hails from Raghunathganj in Mushidabad. Police records show that he was also involved in human trafficking earlier.

  • March 19: Shawaz Ismail (27), a former Pakistan Rangers soldier, who was apparently headed for Kashmir to ‘revive’ the Al-Badr militant group was arrested in the vicinity of Writers’ Buildings in Kolkata, capital of West Bengal. This is the second such arrest in the city in less than a fortnight. Earlier on March 6, LeT explosives expert Abu Taher was arrested from the Sealdah railway station. Shawaz Ismail is reported to have confessed to having served with the Pakistani border guards - service number R39409. He also admitted to be an Al Badr operative. Security sources said he was going to replace the outfit’s head of operations in Kashmir. Investigation has revealed that Ismail was sent from Karachi to Bangladesh a few months ago. From Dhaka, he moved to the India-Bangladesh border a couple of days ago and sneaked in through the Rajshahi-Malda corridor on March 18. After entering India, Ismail boarded a Howrah-bound train from Murshidabad. Security Forces arrested him in the busy BBD Bag area. Additional Commissioner of Police (STF), Rajeev Kumar, said Ismail was supposed to take a train from Howrah to Jammu and Kashmir.

  • March 18: Two civilians, identified as trader Sanatan Das and Akhil Adhikary, were killed and at least 17 others were injured when a powerful bomb strapped to a bicycle exploded at a busy marketplace in the Alipurduar town of Jalpaiguri District in West Bengal. Police suspected the involvement of Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) - its "10th batch trained in Bangladesh - and the ULFA in the blast to destabilize North Bengal before the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) election.

  • March 6: The Kolkata Police arrested a suspected LeT explosives expert, identified as Abu Taher alias Mohammad Zakaria, at Sealdah railway station when he was stepping out of Lalgola Passenger train. Taher confessed that he had fled to Rajshahi in Bangladesh in 1997 after carrying out low-intensity blasts in Delhi, Ludhiana in Punjab and Rohtak in Haryana. Taher is reportedly close to the LeT’s Bangladesh chief, Abdul Karim Tunda, who had sent him to the LeT headquarters in Muridke near Lahore in Pakistan to be trained in handling explosives.

  • January 25: Two children, Goutam Oraon and Ravi Oraon, were injured when a low intensity bomb exploded in the Sonapur area of Jalpaiguri District.

  • January 12: A Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist, identified as Safique Iliyas alias Deepak, was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from Malda District. Safique, a resident of Rajshahi in Bangladesh, was instructed to spy on the movement of Army personnel in Siliguri, CID officials said. Safique had planned to set up a shop near the Army establishment in Siliguri to execute his job, Gupta said, adding "Safique had confessed that he helped two Lashkar-e-Toiba men to cross over to India via the international border in the State last year. One of them, Sikandar-e-Azaam, was later arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in June." The Delhi Police had reportedly arrested him in 1998 on the charge of transporting RDX from Bangladesh to Uttar Pradesh during 1997-98. He was lodged in the Tihar jail till 2003, before being granted bail and escaping to Bangladesh. Nine pre-activated SIM cards, fake Indian currency worth INR 50,000 and a forged voter identity card were recovered from him.

2008

  • December 26: Intelligence sources reported that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's external intelligence, was planning to explode bombs in major towns of West Bengal, including the capital Kolkata. Sources in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) indicated that a group of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami Bangladesh (HuJI) terrorists has made repeated attempts to enter India recently from Bangladesh. "There is a possibility that some HuJI terrorists have already crossed over with arms and ammunition and are heading to team up with KLO, Indian insurgent group, to carry out lethal terror strikes in West Bengal during end-December and early January," sources said.

  • December 18: The Subsidiary Intelligence Branch (SIB) of West Bengal said that an eight-member team, including HuJI terrorists from Pakistan and KLO cadres, has sneaked into the State through the Bangladesh border. Two HuJI leaders from Pakistan, Alimuddin Quraishi and Jaimuddin Ali, apparently led the group from Ranisankhoil to help them cross the border.

  • December 5: The Kolkata Police arrested two more terrorists, identified as Tausif Rehman and Mukhtar Ahmed, from different locations in connection with the November 26 Mumbai multiple terrorist attack. While Tausif was arrested from West Bengal, Mukhtar, who was a constable in the Jammu and Kashmir Police, was arrested from the same State. Both Tausif and Mukhtar were reportedly linked to the SIM cards used by the terrorists who attacked Mumbai.

  • November 19: The Kolkata Police arrested an ISI agent, identified as Abdul Kasem, a citizen of Bangladesh, from the New Market area. Three Bangladeshi passports issued in the names of Nazrul, Ratan and Shah Alam was recovered from his possession. "His antecedents suggest that he was a spy. He was arrested in Jalpaiguri under the Official Secrets Act and different documents with sensitive information seized from him. There is a case under the Official Secrets Act against him pending in Rajasthan," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Intelligence), Javed Shamim, said.

  • August 7: The Border Security Force (BSF) arrested three Bangladeshi nationals while they were trying to cross over into India, from Doulatpur border in the Baisnabnagar area of Malda District. Three mobile phones, US $16,000, INR 16,000 and maps of different parts of India were seized from them. Intelligence officials suspect that Mohammed Dulal, Mohammed Hasu and Mohammed Altaf hailing from Habiganj District, could be HuJI-B militants. The arrested persons, in the age group of 20-25, were handed over to Police on August 8 and later produced in the court, which remanded them to Police custody for nine days.

  • July 23: A BSF trooper was killed and a villager injured in intermittent exchange of fire that lasted nearly two hours between the BSF and personnel of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) across the border in West Bengal's Malda District. This was the second exchange of fire between the two forces across West Bengal's border with Bangladesh within a week. Two BDR soldiers were killed in the previous incident.

  • July 16: West Bengal Police arrested a Pakistani national, suspected to be an ISI agent, from a hotel in Bagdogra on the outskirts of Siliguri town. Some documents and maps showing details of Army installations in north Bengal were recovered from the arrested person identified as Abid Khan alias Samir Ahmed Sagar, who did not possess a passport.

  • May 30: Abbas Ali, a resident of Islampur in the New Jalpaiguri District, was arrested at Panitanki under Kharibari Police station on the border with Nepal by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel along with 350-gm of "high intensity" and 2.5-kg of "low intensity" explosives, four detonators and a wire to be used as fuse. Rajesh Tikku, Deputy Commandant of the 22nd Battalion of the SSB's Ranidanga sector headquarters, said, "Based on a tip-off, our intelligence wing caught Ali at Doodhgate in Panitanki, 40km from here, when he was trying to cross over to Nepal with his friend yesterday. The friend, however, escaped." The SSB is yet to find out the motive behind smuggling the explosives but confirmed that Ali was headed towards Nepal.

  • May 12: A truck driver was killed and three persons were injured when a bomb kept in a plastic container hanging from a bicycle exploded near a tin shade alongside National Highway 31C in Barobisha of Alipurduar in West Bengal. Alipurduar Additional Superintendent of Police S. R. Mishra said an unidentified extremist group had planted the bomb. "We suspect that a timer was used to set it off", he said.

  • April 26: An arms smuggler and a linkman of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), identified as Pradip Das alias Phagua, was arrested from his house at Botun in the West Dinajpur District. Police sources said Das was regularly smuggling arms to Bangladesh for the KLO and also helped the militants enter and leave Bangladesh.

  • April 24: The West Bengal Police arrested one People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) militant, 'capt.' Boiyai, when he was trying to board a Jet Airways flight for Bangkok using a passport in the name of one Akash Sharma of Manipur at Kolkata International Airport. A briefcase containing some important files was recovered from his possession. He reportedly belonged to Moirang Khunou in the Bishnupur District of Manipur.

  • April 11: Three persons were injured when two bombs exploded in quick succession near the Alipurduar rail station in West Bengal.

  • April 3: At least three persons, including a woman, were killed in a bomb blast inside a house in the Siliguri District. A senior Police officer said, "The bomb was a powerful improvised explosive device and we are trying to find out what the people inside were up to." Police said they were investigating their links with several Madheshi groups operating in the nearby Terai region of Nepal.

  • January 16: Two Bangladeshi nationals, with suspected links to the ISI, were arrested from the Shibpur area of Howrah District in West Bengal. "Shamim Akhtar and Sheikh Alamgir were arrested on a tip-off from a former jawan of the Central Reserve Police Force whom they were trying to recruit," said Rajeev Kumar, Inspector General of Police (Special Operations). Believed to be part of the ISI's espionage module, they were engaged in recruiting ex-servicemen to extract strategic information, he added.

  • January 10: A suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) cadre, Abbas Khan alias Akhdas Khan alias Mohsin Alam, was arrested for his alleged involvement in a fake currency racket in capital Kolkata, by the detective department from a house at Chamru Singh Lane in East Kolkata's Narkeldanga area. He had earlier been convicted by a Gujarat court for the Godhra violence but was released on bail. He had jumped parole and remained untraceable.

2007

  • December 28: In a joint operation, the West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force arrested Aftab Alam Ansari, a top militant belonging to the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), from the Cossipore area in the northern part of capital Kolkata. Ansari is suspected to be one of the masterminds behind the serial bomb blasts in the court premises at Lucknow, Faizabad and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on November 23, 2007.

  • December 20: Seven persons, including three women, who were linked to the Manipur-based People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), were arrested from a flat at Bapuji Nagar near Jadavpur University in Kolkata, capital of West Bengal. They were identified as 'sgt major' M. German, T. Gunindro, K. Suresh, Sonamani, Geeta, Rojita and Rita. According to Police sources, German and Gunindro were PREPAK militants involved in the financial matters of the outfit. The others were suspected to be sympathisers of the outfit. Two CDs, documents and some cameras were recovered from them.

  • November 8: A front ranking leader of an unknown faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), identified as V. Tucfu alias T. Sema, was arrested by the Security Forces (SFs) at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International airport in Kolkata. Several 9-mm pistol cartridges were recovered from his possession. He was arrested during security check before boarding a Delhi-bound flight.

  • July 27: Ramchandra Roy alias Rakesh, a Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) militant, and Ajoy Singha, a linkman of the outfit, were arrested from Samuktala in the Jalpaiguri District.

  • July 19: Sarfaraz Alam alias Pappu, an arms dealer, was arrested near Chaplin Cinema in Kolkata with an improvised 7.62 mm pistol with five rounds and a spare magazine with five rounds.

  • July 14: Police arrested a HuJI cadre, identified as Nur Islam, who allegedly functioned as a 'carrier' of the outfit from the North 24-Parganas District. Nur Islam was an associate of HuJI militant Jalaluddin arrested in Uttar Pradesh on June 23.

  • June 30: Three persons, including two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) militants, were arrested from Sultanpur village in the Howrah District. Superintendent of Police N K Singh said that they raided the house of one Sheikh Samsuddin under Jagacha Police station and arrested the duo, Mohammed Raj and Mohammed Zakir, and a civilian identified as Samsuddin. Fake passports, visas and forged travel documents were recovered from them. Singh said that the HM militants had come to Kolkata from Delhi on June 17 and were looking for a transit route to Bangladesh.

  • May 21: Police, during a routine security check, found and later defused an explosive in a train in Kolkata. The train was headed for Tarakeshwar, about two hours west of Kolkata.

  • May 20: The West Bengal Police arrested, Mohammed Sayeed from Jamtara District in the State of Jharkhand in connection with the May 18 Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh. A cell phone operator in Kolkata's Jodasankho area, Sayeed reportedly sold the SIM card that was later used in the Hyderabad blast. He said that that the SIM card was sold to an unidentified person on the basis of a driving licence of Babulal Yadav of Asansol, who later turned out to be non-existent.

  • April 1: The Border Security Force (BSF) personnel arrested four foreign nationals, including three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) cadres, at the India-Bangladesh border from Petrapol in the North 24 Parganas District. BSF sources said that the four were arrested while trying to enter Indian Territory.

  • February 22: A polythene bag containing several explosives was recovered by the Railway Protection Force personnel from a general compartment of the Sealdah-Varanasi Express at Dhanauri station.

  • January 29: Police in the Jalpaiguri District arrested five persons with a cache of arms and ammunition stolen from an army depot in the cantonment town of Binnaguri. Three grenades, 17 live cartridges of 8.5 caliber guns and two live AK-47 cartridges were recovered from their possession.

Source: Compiled from English language media sources.

 

 

 

 

 
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