Published: Friday, July 26, 2013

Rohingya Terror Camp

Indian media report untrue

Says home ministry

The government has refuted an Indian newspaper report that New Delhi alerted Dhaka about the “emergence of terror training camps for Rohingya Muslims” in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
The Times of India report yesterday said India had warned Bangladesh that the camps had been sprouting in the CHT region adjacent to Myanmar border over the past six to seven months.
During the just-concluded Indo-Bangla home secretary-level talks in New Delhi, Indian Home Secretary Anil Goswami was said to have drawn the attention of his Bangladesh counterpart CQK Mustaq Ahmed about the camps, wrote the English daily.
Contacted yesterday, Additional Home Secretary Kamal Uddin Ahmed, who also attended the talks, rejected the media claim.
“No such issue was discussed at the talks,” he said.
The Times of India report also reads, “These camps were witnessing terror training sessions by LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammed commanders, with help from local outfits like Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) that are linked to NGOs like Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO).
“Sharing intelligence inputs ‘from the ground’, the Union home ministry recently told Dhaka how Pakistani terror outfits like Lashker-e-Taiba were allegedly training Rohingya rebels in camps spread across the CHT for ‘launching revenge attacks’ in Myanmar.”
Referring to Indian intelligence reports, the newspaper said Rohingya Muslims were being trained in the use of firearms and bombs at these camps.
“Bangladesh has assured India that it will verify these camps on the ground,” the newspaper added.