The West Bengal authorities is revamping its intelligence wing to assist avert incidents of violence within the state, a senior house division official stated.
Caught off guard in the course of the current Asansol-Raniganj violence, the state can also be planning to strengthen its ground-level intelligence gathering mechanism, the official instructed PTI.
The revamp has been necessitated owing to insufficient infrastructure within the current arrange.
“We’re strengthening the native intelligence gathering mechanism in order that such type of incidents could be averted,” the official stated.
After the Khagragarh blast in 2014, which unearthed a terror module of a Bangladeshi militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, the necessity for strengthening the native intelligence gathering mechanism was first felt.
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Following the incident two years in the past, the state authorities had mooted the thought of organising Native Intelligence Unit (LIU) in each police district of the state for gathering data on the grass root degree which can assist in gaining details about terrorists and subversive actions within the state.
However other than deputing officers in LIU unit, this particular intelligence cell is but to take off absolutely attributable to lack of workplace area and different infrastructure in most districts.
“The officers for LIU have been deputed in many of the areas however attributable to lack of workplace area and infrastructure, their functioning is getting affected as they will’t function sitting in native police stations. In that case their identification will probably be revealed,” stated a senior police official, on situation of anonymity.
Though the stress was initially laid on bordering districts, it was later determined that the LIU could be expanded to all districts.
In line with a senior police officer aware of the event, other than the normal posting of DIB (District Intelligence Department) officer in every police districts, the native civic volunteers of the police may also be used to gather data.
However the state police, following widespread violence in Purulia, Murshidabad, Raniganj and Asansol over Ram Navami celebrations, has determined to drag up their socks and be certain that this newly fashioned LIUs have all of the services to perform correctly.
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In line with the state house division official, there are particular inputs that the riots that passed off in Bengal after 2016 have been “pre-planned and aren’t sporadic incidents as projected by a bit of political events and media”.
“If you’re witnessing one communal incident, then please hold it in thoughts that earlier than this one incident we now have been in a position to sort out greater than 20 such small incidents which haven’t made headlines,” he stated.
In line with knowledge complied by the Union Residence Ministry, communal violence had sharply elevated over the previous three years in West Bengal.
Whereas the state recorded 27 incidents of communal violence in 2015, the quantity nearly doubled by 2017 when 58 incidents of violence have been recorded.
Each West Bengal police and Kolkata police are additionally preserving an in depth watch on social media after communal clashes broke out final 12 months in Basirhat space of North 24 Paraganas over an “objectionable” put up on Fb.