Govt to chalk out strategy to counter IS threat

RSTV Bureau
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The Union Home Ministry has called a high-level meeting of the top state officers and the police chiefs to deliberate over the strategy to counter the threat of radical ideologies, in particular the ones propagated by the terror outfits like Islamic State (IS). The ministry, along with the state officials, will be holding discussions on how to prevent Indian youths from coming under the sway of extremist doctrines.

The meeting held in New Delhi is to be chaired by Union Home Secretary LC Goyal.

The Union government has been taking seriously the incidents like waving of IS flags in Kashmir valley. Though, confined to certain pockets in the valley, the security establishment has been minutely observing the incidents of waving IS flags along with that of Pakistan national flags off late.

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File photo of clashes between security forces and youth in Kashmir valley. Photo – PTI

“Attraction towards radical ideology of any religion is a matter of concern. We will have to put in place a system as there are inputs that many Indian youths are attracted to different extremist ideologies,” a Home Ministry official told the news agency before the meeting.

According to the officers, counter-radicalisation efforts would include counselling of youths, convincing community elders to persuade the younger generation to not get influenced by any extremist ideology, and a special emphasis on the monitoring of social media sites to take possible preventive steps.

The focus would also be on how to quickly respond to any report of youths planning to join terror groups like ISIS, the official said.

DGPs and Home Secretaries of a dozen states including Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Assam, Punjab, West Bengal and Delhi (Commissioner of Police) will take part in the meeting, the official added.

According to a government official estimate, around 25 youngsters have been identified across the country as having been attracted to the idea of ISIS and wanting to join the group. In Telangana, 17 youths have been prevented from travelling to Syria and, recently, four from Maharashtra were also stopped from travelling to the Middle-East.

The authorities have laid out a plan to monitor the social media and other micro-blogging sites. The efforts would be also made to gain the confidence of the Muslim community, which is extremely crucial.

Till now, 11 Indians have been identified who joined ISIS, of whom five are reportedly dead.

(With inputs from the PTI)