Exclusive: Lashkar hand likely in Bodh Gaya blasts, reports News Nation

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 18 July 2013, 04:02 PM

In a sensational revelation, Team News Nation on Thursday claimed that Lashkar-e-Toiba played a significant role in Bihar's Bodh Gaya blasts.

According to a document procured by News Nation team top government sources earlier informed that intelligence agencies of the US, Bangladesh and Singapore had gathered information about the training of Rohingya Muslim radicals in a Lashkar-e-Taiba camp in Pakistan in May 2012.

The report also mentions that R&AW has also identified Rohingya-Buddhist violence in Myanmar as an emerging counter-terrorism challenge.

The note circulated to the top levels in the government in January indicated the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was trying to establish its hold in Myanmar’s Arakan area by building a forum called Difa e Musalman Arakan (Burma) and mobilising a cadre to fight the Myanmar government.

The note spelt out the links between Rohingya radicals with terrorist groups like the LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) of Pakistan, and Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami and Jamaat-e-Mujahideen of Bangladesh.

It said LeT leaders including Hafiz Saeed were discussing plans to target Myanmar because they felt that the government there was responsible for the plight of Muslims in that country.

The report also states that the intelligence Bureau had issued several warnings pointing to heightened risks to Buddhist religious targets in India, as a consequence of anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar.

According to reports, Separatists groups have been threatening violence against Buddhist targets for over a year now. In July 2012, one year ago, the al-Qaeda linked Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan threatened to carry out attacks against Buddhists in retaliation for the communal violence in Myanmar. In June, this year Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed publicly charged India with helping Burma “wipe out [the] Muslim population”

First Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 03:11 PM
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