Kaji Jamshed Nazim, thereport24.com

A top secret message seeking Indian military intervention inside Bangladesh leaked to the social media network and it is now rallying round in the form of a viral and malicious campaign against the country in the Facebook.

In the message it was alleged that the Bangladesh government had sought military intervention and forces from the Indian military for containing militancy and violence in Bangladesh’s Satkhira district.

A Facebook page titled “Kalurghat Cyber Centre” has been spreading the malicious message and campaign belittling the country’s sovereignty and independence.

Following lax monitoring of cyber crimes and cyber activities by the law enforcing agencies in Bangladesh a section of IT-geeks and programmers are engaged in may sort of crimes in the web. But despite having a separate Cyber Crimes Wing in the police headquarters in Dhaka, but the wing is not monitoring the cyber crimes on the web with strict measures or with due attention giving rise to such crimes against the country and its national interest, said online experts preferring anonymity.

In its posting the “Kalurghat Cyber Kendra” page said, “With the footage of the Satkhira killings it was revealed through messages exchanged between Bangladesh Foreign Ministry and Bangladesh embassy in India that Indian Military and BSF had actively took part in the political repression and killings of opposition men under direct request by Sheikh Hasina.”

According to the Facebook page, “Bangladesh government had formally requested the Indian military to send military forces for suppressing the anti-government movement and rebellion. The fax message which was sent to New Delhi by Bangladesh Foreign Ministry on November 6 under directives from the Prime Minister’s Office was titled “Military Aid From India and Deployment at Satkhira.” The Internet propaganda campaigner claimed that all the documents were in his hand.

The message was sent to Indian Embassy Councillor (Political and Information) Sujit Ghosh and it was also sent to Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi and Defence Attache Brigadier Noor Md Islam PSC.

The body of the fax refers to a letter received from Brig. General Noor Md. Noor Islam, presumably seeking information on “04 points” from the PMO’s office via MOFA.

From the accompanying allegedly leaked email, which is from Toufiq Islam Shatil to Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque with the draft of the fax attached for vetting purposes, we learn that the fax has been drafted on the basis of advice received from the PMO – specifically, from the prime minister’s defence adviser, Major General (retd) Tarek Siddique.

The first of the four points on which the PM’s adviser has provided information concerns “personnel”. It seems the deployment would consist of the Indian Army’s 33rd Corps West Bengal, consisting of the 17th, 20th, and 27th Mountain Division.

Four different categories are listed for the nature of the deployment – Rapid, Armoured, Artillery, and Signal & Engineering. However, at the time the fax was sent, only the first, Rapid, is confirmed, while the rest are marked TBC (To be confirmed).

According to the fax, the number of personnel to be deployed is to be agreed with the Jessore GOC of the Bangladesh Army.

The second point concerns “Transfer and Infiltration Channels”. This is said to mean how the Indian troops would enter Bangladesh to take part in the operation. From the fax, it is made clear that the Indian troops would travel from Ghojadanga BSF camp in Basirhat in India, just across the border from Satkhira, to the Bhomra BGB camp that is in Satkhira. Infiltration would take place through the Kakdanga and Toloigaccha points of the border in the region.

The third of the four points is to do with Reporting & Local Intelligence. Most likely denoting the hubs for intelligence gathering and reporting /recording of the what is achieved during the course of the deployment, it lists the Ashashuni and Satkhira Sadar police stations as the two principal centres for this purpose, with Jessore Cantonment listed as an extra option.

The fourth point specifies the “Areas of Engagement” for the Indian troop deployment. Listen within are five out of the seven upazillas that make up Satkhira – Shyamnagar, Debhata, Ashashuni, Kalaroa and Satkhira Sadar.

Thereafter, Toufiq Islam Shatil signs off by saying “Your mission is requested to give this matter high severity attention, review this with the appropriate authorities and return a response to us no later than 15/11/2013.”

The copy that has been uploaded onto the internet is clearly – or at least purports to be, given its disputed authenticity - after it was received in Delhi – at 11.46am on November 7, the day after it was sent from Dhaka. The Government of Bangladesh’s seal has been stamped on both pages of the fax, most likely in Delhi, although the signature on it is not legible.

Two other signatures appear on the faxes to give some clue as to who had access to it. One, that appears on both pages, is difficult to make out, but might be Ahmed Shafi’s. The other clearly purports to be Noor Islam’s, as it is put beside his handwritten name.

The Facebook campaigner has also posted three pictures of the messages at http://on.fb.me/1b1xgtB, http://on.fb.me/1m66K7O, http://on.fb.me/1eRAmn1, at Basherkellausa and http://www.blogbarta.com blog. The blogs are campaigning against the government and the head of state too.

The fax message posted in the Facebook was signed by Senior Assistant Secretary Toufiqul Islam Sathil of the Ministry of foreign Affairs mentioning even his phone and mobile numbers.

But Toufiqul Islam Sathil said he had already received the pictures of the messages and termed those absolutely fake and false designed to launch an anti-state campaign.

Inspector general of Police Hasan Mahmud Khondaker told thereport24.com, “In different social media sites like Basherkella, there is a malicious campaign going on there against the state. We are looking into the issue seriously and all the persons involved in such cyber crimes would brought to book very soon.”

The IGP also said, “I have no knowledge about seeking military intervention. But we’re looking into the issue. All these are part of a malicious anti-state campaign. And measures would be taken against the persons involved.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strongly denied the authenticity of two documents allegedly leaked from its system and posted online containing sensational revelations about possible deployment of Indian troops in the besieged border district of Satkhira.

Ends/thereport24.com/KJN/AMA/Jan 15, 2014