Funds from Kerala, TN aided JuMB terror operations

Lot of money went to WB: NIA official

Funds from Kerala, TN aided JuMB terror operations

Even as West Bengal’s name has recently emerged on the country’s terror map, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigating a countrywide terror network has found several leads that indicate that Tamil Nadu and Kerala have become major centres generating funds for terror activities.

According to sources, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have cropped up time and again as the two states where large amount of funds are generated for terror operations.

 “A huge amount of fund has been pumped into West Bengal from Kerala and Tamil Nadu to support the operations of Jamaat-ul-Mujahiden Bangladesh (JuMB),” a senior official said.

The NIA started investigating the case since October 2, when a blast at a house in Bengal’s Burdwan district removed the lid off an extensive terror network of JuMB to run and operate agents and dedicated group of jihadists.
Search for collectors

 “The JuMB has managed to spread its tentacles across Kerala and Tamil Nadu. A lot of money was collected from these states. We’re looking for some persons who regularly visited these two states to collect funds,” a senior official said.

The matter first came to NIA’s notice during the early days of the Burdwan probe when they traced several calls to Tamil Nadu made by suspected JuMB operatives in Bengal.

 Some people from Kerala are also likely to have visited some of the suspect madrasas in Bengal’s Burdwan, Malda and Murshidabad districts, where operatives were being trained. The connection was also corroborated by state CID officials, who were initially probing the case.

“It came to the notice of the investigators that some persons who went to work in
Tamil Nadu and Kerala from Bengal, were deployed to act as money couriers.

We’ve definite proof that some of them collected and brought back to Bengal large amounts of money. We think most of the fund was collected in the name of religious donations. We’re now trying to trace the bank accounts where this money was deposited,” the senior official said.

According to officials, a large number of people from Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia and other districts of Bengal go to Tamil Nadu and Kerala looking for jobs mostly as labourers at construction sites.

 “We believe JuMB operatives roped in such people in the name of religion and convinced them to work as couriers,” an official said.

Sources said that the NIA has already got in touch with the police in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, asking for help to trace such people.

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