The Assam government has approached the Department of Space and National Technical Research Organization to help in surveillance of char areas for security purposes.
Revealing this in the state legislative assembly today, Parliamentary Affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said space technology is being explored to enhance surveillance in the char areas of the State. “At a meeting convened by National Security Council Secretariat, the Indian Space Research Organization had evinced interest in working closely with states, including Assam. The ISRO and Department of Space have been also involved in development of Cyberdome, a technological research and development centre to curb various crimes,” he said, responding to a call attention motion by BJP MLA Ashok Singhal about reports that youths from Assam have been allured by Islamists outfits.
Patowary maintained that there are no definite inputs about youths from Assam joining the Islamic State. However, following the blasts at Burdwan in West Bengal in 2014, 56 cadres of Jamaat-ul Mujahiddin Bangladesh (JMB) have been arrested and arms and explosives recovered from various places of the State so far.
“Twelve of the cadres had taken motivational training in various Madrassas of Bengal and the rest were trained in Assam. Around 10/ 12 cadres are still untraced. Also, after the recent attacks in Bangladesh and videos released by ISIS and AQIS, two more JMB cadres Md Kasimuddin Ali and Akram Ali – were caught in Barpeta,” he said.
The minister further said perceiving the threat, all SPs have been asked to be on alert and security at sensitive areas like railway stations, airports, oil installations, historic temples, mosques and other religious places have been enhanced. Security in the international border stretches and riverine areas have been stepped up, he added.
He also said coordination has been maintained with intelligence agencies for information gathering and sharing and all paramilitary and armed forces have been asked to be prepared to meet any situation. Pointing that globalization and information technology has been misused to spread provocative propaganda which is polluting the mindset of the vulnerable section, he said social media is being monitored and awareness created against its misuse.