NEW DELHI, April 3 - The Centre today conceded that there are reports of radicalisation of youths in the Northeast by elements from across the Bangladesh border.
In reply to a question, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju admitted that radicalisation efforts from across the border in Bangladesh are on in the Northeast. Some parts of the northeastern region are vulnerable to radicalisation from across the border, he said, adding, there are reports that some radical outfits have been trying to expand their network and activities in the region.
�Security and intelligence agencies are aware of the threat of radicalisation in the northeastern states and they are taking necessary steps to thwart these moves. The activities of such radical elements are being monitored closely,� the minister said.
Meanwhile, the Centre today reiterated that the government is not considering to make any new bilateral agreement with Bangladesh on the issue of illegal migrants.
Rijiju said the Government of India has an extensive engagement with the Government of Bangladesh on the issue of illegal migrants under various bilateral mechanisms like the Joint Consultative Commission, Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary-level talks, Joint Working Group on Security and Border Management, Joint Task Forces on Human Trafficking, fake currency notes.
All issues of relevance and importance are raised at these bilateral talks, including those relating to security and border management, he said.