‘Religious Radicalization’ pose severe ‘Terrorism’ threat to North-Eastern States: Home Minister
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 17-May-2017

New Delhi, May 17: While reviewing the security situation and law and order in the North-Eastern States, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asserted that North East had huge potential for development with rich human and natural resources, adding that it was imperative to restore security in the entire region. 

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Focusing on the increasing use of illegal arms in the North-Eastern States, Rajnath Singh said that “Proliferation of illegal arms in the Northeastern states has increased tremendously. Though most areas in the Northeast have become insurgency-free, but due to illegal arms proliferation, the number of crimes has increased tremendously. I suggest the DGPs of all Northeastern states take tough action against illegal arms traders and its holders.”

Highlighting the sensitive security situation in the North-Eastern States, Rajnath Singh said that “Since counter-insurgency operations are now not taking as much time of the security forces as before, the state police forces need to focus on improving normal police functioning, better prosecution, and conviction in criminal cases. There is also a need to improve investigation by adding scientific tools and forensic science laboratories.”

Speaking about religious radicalization Rajnath Singh said that the North-Eastern States pose a serious security threat due to religious radicalization, and if not checked in time could lead to terrorism. He said “On the pretext of religion, running NGOs, education institutes, socio-cultural organisations, the agents of radicalization are working. The Northeastern states, due to their proximity to neighbouring countries, are very sensitive. We have to closely monitor their activities, besides taking pre-emptive actions,” said Singh.

Director General of Police (DGPs) and Chief Secretaries of the North-Eastern States also attended the meeting with the National Security Agency (NSA) and Home Secretaries of the state. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval along with DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju attended the meeting.

Rajnath Singh also said there is need to set up more police stations in the border areas as these will check cross-border crimes and bring a sense of security to the people who live in these remote areas. He said, in some states of the Northeast, the prosecution in criminal cases and the conviction rate is very poor. He said, in one state, the conviction rate is just 5% against the all India rate of 86%.

According to intelligence reports, activists of the two groups have been taking shelter in Assam's border areas, seminaries and in areas dominated by religious minorities. In Assam, they have been carrying out a propaganda campaign in support of a separate "Islamic homeland," which, they envision, would be a society based on Islamic values and mores. For instance, the PULF has "banned" the consumption of alcohol among Manipuri Muslims since 2004. It has punished several people for peddling drugs. And it has asked Manipuri Muslims to wear traditional Islamic attire. These groups have ideological ties with foreign-based Islamist outfits such as the HuJI and HuM, which are commanded by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI]. HuM had reportedly recruited and dispatched a number of Assamese youth for training as far away as Pakistan. HuJI is currently coordinating the activities of these groups. Security analysts have warned that the ISI's long-term goal in the region is to boost the activities of these Islamic groups and convert the region into a 'terror zone". It has also been making efforts to use several Kashmiri and Bangladesh-based Islamist groups in the region. The Lashkar-e-Toiba [LeT], according to Delhi Police sources, has been trying to tie up with North-East militant outfits like the PULF.
Courtesy: The Emerging Islamic Militancy in North-East India by M. Amarjeet Singh

Also Expressing concern over cyber security in Northeastern states, Singh said there is a need for well-equipped cyber forensic laboratories.