75 arrested for alleged ISIS links, Govt reply in Rajya Sabha

RSTV Bureau
File photo: Arms, ammunition, a flag of terror groups ISIS and other items recovered after suspected ISIS terrorist Saifullah was killed in a 12-hour long operation by an ATS team on the outskirts of Lucknow on Wednesday.

File photo: Arms, ammunition, a flag of terror groups ISIS and other items recovered after suspected ISIS terrorist Saifullah was killed in a 12-hour long operation by an ATS team on the outskirts of Lucknow, March 8, 2017. Photo – PTI

A total of 75 people were arrested from different states across the country for alleged links with dreaded terror syndicate ISIS, the Centre on Wednesday said in a reply to the Upper House.

Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Ahir informed the Rajya Sabha that as per the available information, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) – premier central agency entrusted with probing terror related cases — and state police have arrested altogether 75 individuals for suspected links to the ISIS terror network.

Giving a state wise break-up, the minister told that of the 75 persons, 21 were arrested from Kerala, 16 from Telangana, 9 from Karnataka, 8 from Maharashtra, 6 from Madhya Pradesh, 4 from Uttarakhand, 3 from Uttar Pradesh, 2 from Rajasthan, 4 from Tamil Nadu and one each from Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal.

Ahir said a few incidents of unfurling of flags of ISIS by some misguided youths were noticed on different occasions in Jammu and Kashmir in the recent past.

“Police and public order being state subjects, the state government concerned has been directed to take appropriate action against such elements as per relevant provisions of law,” the MoS Home said in a written reply.

Quoting reports of the security agencies, he further added that a few educated youths got attracted to the ISIS ideology through social media.

(With inputs from PTI)