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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

India warns Bangladesh, of a possible assassination plot, mainly to PM Sheikh Hasina

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 19 April (Asiantribune.com): India has warned Bangladesh's political leadership, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, of a possible assassination plot, an Indian English daily reported Saturday.

The Indian Express said foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon had informed Dhaka of the threat during a recent visit. Menon arrived in the capital on an "unscheduled visit" on April 12.

The Express on Saturday, meanwhile, quoting unnamed sources said Menon during the visit exchanged notes with his Bangladesh counterpart on the activities of radical groups that were suspected to have played a role in the recent BDR massacre.

The paper, quoting the sources, said: "New Delhi picked up intelligence on this in the form of 'electronic chatter' by terrorist groups active in the neighborhood in recent weeks".
"[T]here was specific intelligence on a plot to target the new Sheikh Hasina government in those conversations intercepted by Indian intelligence agencies. That prompted India to go ahead and warn the Bangladesh top brass of the threat," it said.
Dhaka and New Delhi have an agreement to swap anti-terror intelligence, said the Express.

It also commented that radical and terror groups in Bangladesh were under pressure since the Awami League government came to power in January, pledging to crack down on terror elements.

"New Delhi fears the BDR plot was one of the ways to destabilise the newly elected government ... This is what is believed to have triggered these radical groups to plan an assassination," the newspaper said.

Asked what measures were taken following the report Bangladesh Home Minister Sahara Khatun told reporters on Saturday in Dhaka,” We have alerted our law enforcing agencies to face any conspiracy. “The law enforcing agencies are always ready to tackle any security issue.

Intelligence agencies have also been asked to intensity their watch on the security ground, she said.

Earlier, an Indian television network last December reported that Islamist militants were planning to assassinate Awami League president Sheikh Hasina, before she came to power in January.

- Asian Tribune -

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