New Delhi, Sept 29: Intelligence operations in the country will get a re-jig in the wake of the Home Ministry suggesting that the smaller towns of the country are more prone to radicalization. A survey that was conducted and submitted to the various states by the Union Home Ministry states that smaller towns are the targets for recruitments.
The Union Home Ministry will discuss with the intelligence chiefs to chalk out a newer strategy to ensure that smaller towns are covered and the radicalization process stops or is at least reduced.
The Intelligence Bureau which contributed to the survey ( Which Indian city is most prone to ISIS threat? ) states that the browsing patterns and the queries that were being posted on the ISIS sympathetic sites clearly showed that the smaller towns had a bigger chance of sending out recruits.
New IB policy:
All these years the presence of the Intelligence Bureau in smaller towns was minimal. There were state intelligence unit members most of them in the Constable rank in the smaller towns. It appears as though terror groups have realized this and are looking to recruit youth out of the smaller towns.
In the wake of this rising problem from the smaller towns, the central IB may deploy some of its best officers to man the problem. It would be impossible to send an officer to every small town. However as per the survey some towns have been identified and the officers would be sent there.
The threat perception can keep changing. As of now the town that is most prone to radicalization is Chinchwad in Maharashtra. The IB would depute officials in that town and also work in tandem with the state intelligence unit to control the problem.
In addition to this there would be meetings of the central and state units in the days to come. There is a need to increase manpower to counter this problem. Moreover there is also a need to identify these persons who are radicalized. The first attempt would however be to de-radicalise such youth with the help of elders as is being done in the various other cases reported in the recent past.