26 September, 2020

Corridor Of Terror

The ISI finds it easy to push men, money and arms into Bihar through the Indo-Nepal border

Corridor Of Terror
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The hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC 814 should not have come as a surprise to the Indian intelligence community. To those involved in gathering information along the porous Indo-Nepal border, unmistakable signs of increased ISI activity in Nepal and the bordering Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal had become visible over a decade ago. Kathmandu today is the de facto regional headquarters of the ISI from where it masterminds a whole array of activities through a chain of madrasas in Bihar and the eastern states-a parallel locus of its operations in India.

Nepal is the preferred location for the ISI’s regional command centre for simple reasons:

  • The general security is lax.
  • Anonymity is assured because of the high tourist turnover.
  • High incidence of corruption at Tribhuvan international airport allows free flow of illegal freight.
  • The porous border offers easy access to various strategically vital points on the Indian mainland.
  • Nepal offers an alternate upland route, via India, for militants to enter the Kashmir valley...
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