Even though the experts of the region have often implied that the next big target of ISIS could be the Northeast, a top BSF official has stated that there is no ISIS threat along India’s borders in the Northeastern states.
‘The problem has never really reared its ugly head here, we are completely safe and secure and there is no threat of ISIS in the region,’ said MF Farooqui, Inspector General of Border Security Force (BSF) Tripura frontier while interacting with reporters, adding, ‘We have a cordial relationship with BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh), both the counterparts are working in tandem, ISIS is not an issue with us.’
He further pointed out that improved relations and coordination with the BGB through quick exchange of information has had a positive impact in border management and thereby reduced smuggling, crime and insurgency besides pumping of fake Indian currency notes (FICN).
The top BSF official further said that due to the support from the Bangladesh government, Northeast militant camps in Bangladesh have decreased in recent years.
It may be mentioned here that the Northeastern states share a 1,880-km border with Bangladesh. The states are Tripura (856 km), Meghalaya (443 km), Mizoram (318 km) and Assam (263 km).
ISIS, BSF IG MF Farooqui