The Delhi Police will set up a special unit to monitor those who follow websites that promote terror activities and put out literature to radicalise youth.
The social media monitoring unit and de-radicalisation centre will come up at Lodhi Colony office of the Special Cell -- Delhi Police’s anti-terror wing -- by the end of June.
The unit will employ experts with experience in anti-terror operations and knowledge of internet outreach by various terrorist outfits. Officials said it will help police identify early those youth who have been or are in the process of being brainwashed by reading terror literature widely available on internet - specially social networking websites such as Facebook.
Once identified such youth would be brought back into the mainstream with the help of their family members, religious leaders, psychologists and experts.
“The de-radicalisation will be done in such a way that the person’s job and education are not affected. It will be an year-long programme,” said Arvind Deep, special commissioner of police (special cell) . He said the programme is the brainchild of Delhi Police commissioner Alok Verma who has directed his officers to make sure that no innocent person is booked on terror charges.
During some recent operations against suspected militants, the Delhi Police and other agencies have come across youths who were being radicalised over social media by members of various terrorist outfits. A few of them were arrested while some others were helped so that they could come out of the influence of terrorist literature and videos, said a police officer.
The move comes days after nine youths were detained for allegedly developing interest in the activities of Jaish-e-Mohammad under the influence of a terror module.