Centre assures steps to check IS threat in India

RSTV Bureau
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Amid the reports of increasing threat posed by the terror syndicate Islamic State (IS) in South Asia, the BJP-led NDA government assured that they have initiated a series of steps to check the spread of IS in India. Apprising the Parliament on Tuesday, the government stated that its initiatives included the launch of a counter-radicalisation and de-radicalisation strategy as well.

Speaking in the Lower House responding to a supplementary question, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju said the government has adopted a series of strategies to tackle the spread of ISIS in the country.

He further added that a counter-radicalisation and de-radicalisation strategy has been initiated and the government is planning to check the threat through cultural, education and employment activities.

Meanwhile, in a written response, the other Minister of State for Home, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, said ISIS was trying to attract new recruits through a variety of means, especially the social media.

He said though the ISIS has not been able to attract many youths in India, its attempts are a concern for national security in the long run. The intelligence and security agencies have been mandated to keep an eye on such youth who could become possible recruits of the terror organisation.

The government, he said, has banned 39 organisations under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. These include Babbar Khalsa International, Harkat-Ul- Mujahideen, United Liberation Front of Asom, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Students Islamic Movement of India and CPI-ML People’s War group.

Earlier last month, addressing the DEFCOM seminar in New Delhi organised by the Indian Army and the CII, Union Defense minister Manohar Parikkar had stressed that Information Technology (IT) has an important role to play because “future wars may be cyber wars”.

According to Indian security and intelligence agencies, around 20-odd Indians are currently fighting for the IS in Iraq & Syria, which even include one Australia-based Kashmiri, one Oman-based Indian and another Singapore-based Indian.

Last year, one of the youth from Kalyan, Arif Majeed, had returned home after spending about six-months with ISIS. He was arrested by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) upon arrival in Mumbai. Majeed is currently in jail facing the trial under the charges of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and section 125 of the IPC dealing with ‘Waging war against any Asiatic nation which has friendly ties with India’.

(With inputs from the PTI)