New Delhi has set alarm bells ringing following fresh reports that a radical outfit has been trying to expand its network among some sections in a few districts of Assam and Manipur.
“Some parts of the North Eastern Region are vulnerable to radicalization and accessible to jihadi and other terrorist activities from across the border,” a senior Home Ministry official quoting intelligence reports said.
Officials in North Block are taking the latest intelligence reports seriously following the fact that number of insurgency related violence in northeast have decreased.
Echoing the same, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said, “There are reports that a radical outfit has been trying to expand its network among some sections in a few districts of Assam and Manipur. Security and Intelligence agencies are aware of the threat of radicalization in North Eastern States and taking all necessary steps to thwart these moves. The activities of such radical elements are being monitored closely.”
Rijiju made the statement in the Parliament recently.
In the past, activities and movements of Bangladesh based radical outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen were noticed in a few places of lower Assam districts.
Aware of the fact, the border guarding agencies as well as central intelligence agencies have stepped up their vigil especially along the border areas.
Though New Delhi keeps raising the issue with Dhaka, the Home Ministry has adopted a multi-pronged approach to counter the emerging threat.
“We have intensified round the clock surveillance and patrolling on the borders and establishment of observation post; construction of border fencing & floodlighting; introduction of modern and Hi-Tech surveillance equipments; upgrading intelligence setup and enhanced coordination with the State Governments and concerned intelligence agencies,” the Home Ministry official said.
Of late, it has been decided to deploy technological solutions in the form of Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS), on a pilot basis to begin with, in different terrains on Indo-Pakistan Border and Indo – Bangladesh Border.
The technological solutions are based on integration of sensors and surveillance equipment like radars, day and night vision cameras etc in a network architecture with command and control system.