Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI)

The Directorate General of National Security Intelligence (DGFI)
Founder: General Ziaur Rahman, the first military dictator of Bangladesh.
Location: Next to BNS Haji Mohsin Naval base and close to the residence of the army chief.
Director: Maj Gen Sadiq Hasan Rumi

The DGFI, modeled after the ISI by then Bangladesh leader General Zia-ur Rahman in 1977, operates from its headquarters located at the BNS Haji Mohsin naval base, Jahangir Gate, a little south of Tashdique, home of the Bangladesh army chief. It has zonal offices in every district of Bangladesh.

Major General Sadiq Hussain Rumi is the present chief of the DGFI; Brigadier Genereal Abdullahil Azami (recently posted to the Staff College by the new caretaker government headed by Fakruddin) served as his chief deputy. The agency is staffed by military personnel. Its command and control are regulated by the army chief, though the last Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) government won over large number of DGFI top guns through Brigadier General Azmi.  Azmi is the son of Gholam Azam, the former Jamait-e-Islami chief and a top war criminal who collaborated with Pakistan in carrying out the 1971 genocide.

The Structure

The agency is divided into 12 bureaus, each handling subject and territory desks. The India division is headed by a colonel. In India's neighborhood, Bureau III handles Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, though there is a separate Bureau for the SAARC countries. These officers report to the chief of the South Asia division of the agency. The India desk has four distinct sections, which handle the North Eastern states, West Bengal, the rest of India and Muslim affairs in India.

In 2000 a new Bureau X was started to oversee the activities of domestic and international jihadi tanzeems, or local level outfits. Bureau X also plans and executes subversive operations in India. A part of the Bureau known as the Dawa section handles Islamic NGOs and supervises internal and external money flow to these organizations. Like the ISI, the DGFI has also an Inter Services Public Relations division, which works as the public face for the Bangladesh army.

Training and personnel: ISI and CIA

Bangladeshi military and civilian intelligence officers were initially trained by the ISI. Some special units of the DGFI were trained along with ISI operatives at the Harvey Point Defence Testing Activity, a high-security compound in a quiet corner of a marshland near Hertford, North Carolina, USA. The facility, officially owned by the Pentagon, serve as the CIA's secret commando training base since 1961.

DGFI Operation and the militant Muslim outfits in Bangladesh and India

Such specially trained corps of DGFI officers initially trained some Harkat ul-Jihad-i-Islami and Jamait-ul Mujahideen top rankers. Bangla Bhai (a Bangladeshi terrorist, who was captured and sentenced to death last year) was originally designed by the DGFI for combating the Communist Party of Bangladesh, Janajuddha (the peoples' war, a Maoist outfit ) and Purba Banglar Sarbahara Party (both Naxalite outfits).

Please read the following articles for more info on the subversive activities of DGFI.

 

Assam: The Bangla hand

January 19, 2007

The latest ULFA carnage in Assam has been diagnosed by top leaders like quack doctors, broadcasting panic, and their diagnosis is wide off the mark. Ministers with foot-in-mouth disease rushed to comment about ISI-ULFA involvement and ascribed various silly reasons to befuddle the people. The media has quoted ULFA vice-president Pradip Gogoi as saying that the Government of India had invited trouble by terminating the dialogue process.

The wise men of India have, as usual, fired erratically. The ISI alone has not adopted ULFA. The collateral adopter is the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence of Bangladesh, DGFI. It is necessary to understand the quantum dynamics of inter-relationship between the ISI, DGFI and Indian terrorist groups like ULFA.

The Bangladeshi intelligence machinery pivots around the DGFI, the Directorate General of National Security Intelligence (whose chief was sacked on January 15) and Military Intelligence.

The Bangladesh Threat
The DGFI, modeled after the ISI by then Bangladesh leader General Zia-ur Rahman in 1977, operates from its headquarters located at the BNS Haji Mohsin naval base, Jahangir Gate, a little south of Tashdique, home of the Bangladesh army chief. It has zonal offices in every district of Bangladesh.

Major General Sadiq Hussain Rumi is the present chief of the DGFI; Brigadier Azam Mir serves as his chief deputy. The agency is staffed by military personnel. Its command and control are regulated by the army chief, though the last Bangladesh National Party government won over large number of DGFI top guns through Brigadier Mir. Mir is the son of Golam Azam, the former Jamait-e-Islami chief, who collaborated with Pakistan in carrying out the 1971 genocide.

The 1971 War, 35 Years On

The agency is divided into 12 bureaus, each handling subject and territory desks. The India division is headed by a colonel. In India's neighbourhood, Bureau III handles Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, though there is a separate Bureau for the SAARC countries. These officers report to the chief of the South Asia division of the agency. The India desk has four distinct sections, which handle the North Eastern states, West Bengal, the rest of India and Muslim affairs in India.

In 2000 a new Bureau X was started to oversee the activities of domestic and international jihadi tanzeems, or local level outfits. Bureau X also plans and executes subversive operations in India. A part of the Bureau known as the Dawa section handles Islamic NGOs             and supervises internal and external money flow to these organisations. Like the ISI, the DGFI has also an Inter Services Public Relations division, which works as the public face for the Bangladesh army.

Bangladeshi military and civilian intelligence officers were initially trained by the ISI. Some special units of the DGFI were trained along with ISI operatives at the Harvey Point Defence Testing Activity, a high-security compound in a quiet corner of a marshland near Hertford, North Carolina, USA. The facility, officially owned by the Pentagon, serve as the CIA's secret commando training base since 1961.

Such specially trained corps of DGFI officers initially trained some Harkat ul-Jihad-i-Islami and Jamait-ul Mujahideen top rankers. Bangla Bhai (a Bangladeshi terrorist, who was captured and sentenced to death last year) was originally designed by the DGFI for combating the Communist Party of Bangladesh, Janajuddha and Purba Banglar Sarbahara Party (both Naxalite outfits).

The DGFI has achieved excellent penetration amongst the Indian intelligentsia, academia, print and electronic media, political parties, business community and certain minority organisations and institutions. The allegation that the DGFI achieved penetration in the National Security Advisory Board cannot be shrugged off. The ISI and DGFI often jointly operate inside India. Taking advantage of Pakistan's 'theopolitical' hegemony on vast sections of Bangladeshi people, specially the Afghan jihad veterans and other tanzeems, the ISI continue to operate against Indian targets in the Northeast. Nepal and Sri Lanka-based ISI outfits generally target the Indian heartland and the peninsular tracts.

The DGFI, besides handling joint ventures with the ISI, conducts 'loner operations' against India. The DGFI supports the Achik National Volunteer Council and Hynniewtrep Achik Liberation Council of Meghalaya, the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, the Kamtapuri Liberation Organisation in West Bengal, the Dima Halam Daoga and the United Peoples Democratic Solidarity of Assam.

In Manipur, the DGFI's main tools are the separatist United National Liberation Front, the People's Liberation Army, PREPAK, the People's United Liberation Front, the United Islamic Revolutionary Army, the North East Minority Front and the Indigenous People's Revolutionary Alliance.

Bangladesh: The next terror frontier?

In Assam, besides ULFA, the DGFI's main clients are the Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam, United Liberation Front of Barak Valley, Muslim United Liberation Front of Assam, United Liberation Militia of Assam, Islamic Sevak Sangh, United Muslim Liberation         Front of Assam and Revolutionary Muslim Commandos etc. Besides running classical intelligence operations the DGFI has sponsored Bangladeshi jihadi tanzeems to establish cells and modules in Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur, Dimapur and the Tezpur foothills areas of Nagaland, West Bengal, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. These cells and modules are set up in areas inhabited by Bangladeshis.

Indian intelligence agencies and others are aware that the DGFI played significant roles in the January 22, 2002 attack on the US consulate in Kolkata, the New Delhi bomb blasts on October 29, 2005, the Varanasi blasts and the Mumbai train blasts. These were ISI and DGFI joint operations.

There are indications that a serving major of the DGFI's special operations cell crossed over to India with valid documents about 10 days before the Delhi blasts and spent three days in Kolkata. About six days before the incident, he was noticed at a guesthouse in Delhi with an undercover diplomat from the Pakistan high commission.

After he returned to Kolkata and left for Dhaka, the DGFI's Kolkata station chief reached Delhi and met another Pakistani diplomat. He was present in Delhi on the day the serial blasts took place. In the Varanasi serial blasts both Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Harkat ul-Jihad-i-Islami members took leading roles after they were housed and trained at Char Gopalnagar, Khulna, in Bangladesh and traveled to Varanasi through cell-points at Berhampur in West Bengal      Bhagalpur and Bare in Bihar.

There is supporting information that an undercover officer of the ISI at Dhaka and a captain of the DGFI special operations cell visited Ishwardi in Bangladesh to contact Harkat ul-Jihad-i-Islami area commander Barkatul Rahman Bablu. He was supposed to be the liaison man between the agencies and the tanzeem members responsible for the Varanasi incident.

The story of ISI and DGFI collaboration is thus of epic proportions. However, in the context of the latest carnage in Tinsukia, Dhemaji and Dibrugarh there is reliable information that this was a joint operation by the ULFA and DGFI.

Around December 28, top ULFA leaders and DGFI officials met at a safe house in Dhaka, and an operational task was charted out to create serious disruptions in Assam and in Siliguri to divert Indian attention from the election impasse in Bangladesh.

About 10 trained DGFI special task force members infiltrated into Assam and teamed up with ULFA cadres to carry out the mass killings. The infiltration of DGFI personnel into Assam is not a new development.

To bolster sagging moral of local ULFA cadres and to bamboozle the Assam people, such special DGFI operators help ULFA cadres carry out spectacular actions. Some DGFI commandos are housed by Assam-based Muslim jihadi groups.

The ISI input cannot be discounted, as ULFA leaders Paresh Barua and Arabinda Rajkhowa returned to Dhaka from a trip to Pakistan around December 20.

Rajkhowa, who is trying to acquire an apartment in London with assistance of Dhaka-based ISI operatives, was pressurised to carry out the recent Assam task. Barua has reportedly bought apartments in Bangkok and London.

The story of DGFI and ISI motivation in jointly and independently operating against Indian targets from Bangladesh is a part of the 'unfinished agenda of the Partition of India.' But that is another story. It is necessary for the Union and state governments to understand that after establishing 'theopolitical' hegemony in Bangladesh, Pakistan is now trying to gain joint 'geopolitical advantages' leading to the creation of a larger 'Bangistan' or 'Northeast Pakistan' as envisioned by Chaudhry Rahamat Ali in 1937 in his famous treatise 'Now or Never.'

Is there any one in India to pay adequate attention to the DGFI and Pakistan's 'theopolitical' allies in Bangladesh?

source: Maloy Krishna Dhar: Open Secrets and Fulcrum of Evil-ISI, CIA, Al Qaeda Nexus. .

 

Four killed, 17 injured in attack on USIS office

Heavily armed motorcycle borne terrorists attacked the United States Information Centre in the heart of Kolkata early on Tuesday morning killing four security personnel and injuring 17 others, including some passers-by.

In the first major strike of its kind in the metropolis, four unidentified gunmen came on two motorcycles and fired indiscriminately from high-calibre automatic weapons on the security personnel at the gate of the heavily guarded four-storey building, also known as American Centre, at 6:35 am and fled the scene, Deputy Commissioner of Police Banibrata Bose said.       No one was in the building, barely 500 metres away from the US Consulate, at the time of the shootout.

The attack, which occurred when the policemen on the night shift were changing duties, lasted for about four minutes, state Home Secretary Amit Kiran Deb said. "It appears to be a terrorist attack," Commissioner of Police Sujoy Chakroborty, who visited the spot immediately after the incident, said. While three security personnel died on the spot, another succumbed to injuries in the hospital, he said.

In Delhi, US Embassy said that no American citizen was injured in the attack. The wounded, who included some policemen and at least one private security guard, have been admitted to various hospitals -- some of them in critical condition, Bose said. Spent cartridges of AK-47 rifle were found at the site. Police has cordoned off the area and launched a manhunt for the assailants. The attack came as US Ambassador at Large Francis X Taylor, President George W Bush's coordinator for counter-terrorism, was in Delhi to discuss ways to fight terrorism. FBI Director Robert Muller was also in the Capital to hold talks with the Indian officials.

Soon after the attack a high alert has been sounded in the state, Deb said. Security around the US Embassy in New Delhi and other American institutions, which was beefed up following September 11 terror strikes in the United States, has been further tightened. Deb said the entire operation lasted for about four minutes during change over of duty of the policemen.       The number plates of the motorcycles used by the terrorists was 'possibly noted', he said while refusing to divulge further details. The home secretary said a red alert has been sounded in the state and security has been beefed up at other important installations in the city, including the American Consulate, barely 500 yards from the American Center.

The state secretariat was thoroughly checked as a precautionary measure. The attack, which was the first of its kind in the metropolis, threw the office hour traffic out of gear as police cordoned off the entire area around American Center.

The attack took place just four days before Republic Day in the backdrop of earlier apprehension that Pakistan-backed militants were planning attacks to disrupt the celebrations.

The plan of a terrorist strike to disrupt Republic Day celebrations had been revealed following the busting of ISI backed spy ring with the arrest of a Pakistani national Mohammad Dilshad in Siliguri on January 4.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has convened a high level meeting to review the situation. Chief Secretary Sourin Roy, Home secretary A K Deb, Director General of       Police D C Bajpai and the Police Commissioner Sujoy Chakraborty would attend the meeting.

The security personnel, who were killed were identified as Anup Mondal, Suresh Hembram, Ujjal Burman and Piyush Sarkar. One of the injured security personnel, who was admitted to the hospital, said that the attackers came from the north of the city and suddenly opened fire.       "It was so sudden that we could not react", he said. An official said that the number of casualties could have been higher, but for a police van, which stood in the line of firing.

Following recent apprehension of a possible attack on American installations in the city, security had been beefed up with at least 32 policemen on round the clock duty in two shifts.       A security guard of a nearby office, who was present on the spot when the attack took place, said he saw assailants speeding in from the northern side of the city on motorcycles.

Giving details of the assailants, he said they had chadar (shawl) wrapped around them but was not sure whether they wore masks. He said the pillion rider took cover behind the police van and sprayed bullets on the security personnel at the gate of the American Center. The assailants sped away even before the police could react, he said. The footpath in front of the Center was splattered with blood as a large posse of policemen and RAF commandos cordoned off the area covering almost half of the Jawaharlal Nehru Road.

Meanwhile, security agencies believe that Harkat-ul-Jehadi-Islami was behind the attack.      Official sources said that HuJI has been operating in the areas of Indo-Bangla border for quite some time.

 

2 blasts rock Varanasi; 20 dead

Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow | March 07, 2006 19:22 IST

At least 20 persons were killed and over 50 injured when two blasts rocked Varanasi on Tuesday evening. According to the police, two blasts occurred almost simultaneously at       about 6.30 pm. The first blast took place at the Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple that was crowded on Tuesday, believed to be a special day for Lord Hanuman. Panic prevailed at the temple  with  at least 10 persons dying on the spot while about 40 were wounded. "Ten of the wounded are critical," a hospital official said.

A similar explosion in the waiting area of the Varanasi railway station followed the temple blast. A bomb went off outside the station master's room at the railway station, leaving five dead and about 20 injured. Another live bomb was unearthed in Gudaulia  residential locality. "It was diffused by the bomb squad," police said.

According to Varanasi Senior Superintendent of Police Navneet Sikera, "The blasts were big and we would not rule out more casualties." Ammonium Nitrate was used in the bombs, official sources said. They were connected to timer devices that were set to go off in a serial manner.

Sikera also does not rule out a terrorist hand behind the blast. "What else could it be?" he asked. "I would not be surprised if it were some kind of a retaliatory act by Lashkar-e-Tayiba, as we had nabbed one of their agents in Varanasi in February," Sikera sought to add. The suspected  LeT agent was handed over to West Bengal police as the Bengal police had alerted them about the accused.

Sikera was unable to give any further details of the blast . "Our priority is to ensure maintenance of law and order and to see that peace and harmony is not disturbed," he added.      While the injured have been rushed to the Benaras Hindu University hospital, the entire temple complex has been cordoned off. Sheela Bhatt adds from New Delhi:

A top intelligence official said that two live bombs were recovered from the city -- one at the Godalia crossroads and one at the famous Gangaghat. Intelligence sources added that a reason for the temple being so crowded was a wedding ceremony in the temple between a Nepali girl and a Bihari boy.

The Sankat Mochan temple is the oldest Hanuman temple in Varanasi. It is said that Saint Tulsidas established two temples in Varanasi and this Hanuman temple is of great value to people who follow the saint's Ramcharita Manas. "Every Hindu visitor to our city goes to this temple," Dr Rakesh Mazumdar,  a resident of Varanasi told rediff.com. In India, millions of Hindus are followers of Bajrangbali (Lord Hanuman) and the Sankat Mochan temple is a sacred spot for them. Mazumdar said, "Even Amitabh Bachchan celebrated wife Jaya's 50th birthday here."

Anil Mishra, a senior journalist with Hindustan newspaper said, "Residents of Varanasi were aware of terrorist threats in city. In the last three months, three Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorists were caught and the police knew that city is under risk. But it looks like not enough security measures have been taken."

The temple is run by the Sankat Mochan Foundation, which is headed by Veer Bhadra Mishra, who was named by Time magazine as one of the Heroes of the Planet in 1999 for his work in cleaning the Ganga river. The Benaras Hindu University Hospital helpline number: 0542-2369242

 

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