IS banned in India, home minister tells Parliament

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2014 01:03 IST

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday informed Parliament that terror outfit IS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has been banned in India as all outfits proscribed by the United Nations get banned here as well under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

“We have banned this organisation (ISIS) as a first step. I will like to inform you that the group has been banned under (the) UAPA,” he told the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.

According to counter terror officials, the Al Qaeda in Iraq was banned by the UN Security Council a decade ago. In 2013, its designation was amended to include the outfit, which went by the name of ISIL then.

“That’s why when the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered an FIR against Kalyan techie Areeb Majeed and his three associates, it was specifically mentioned that ISIL, which later came to known as ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) or simply the Islamic State (IS) stands banned in India for being a proscribed outfit under the UN listing,” said a home ministry official requesting anonymity.

He added that when the NIA had sought permission from the home ministry to register an open FIR against the IS to track and probe its activities in India, it had again referred the UN Security Council resolution in this regard.

“During the probe, if alleged IS tweeter Mehdi Masroor Biswas is found to be in touch with the IS, he will be chargesheeted for supporting the cause of a terror outfit on the basis of the UN resolution, even if India has not issued a separate notification under the UAPA to ban the ISIS,” said the official.

The home minister also said Indian youth are barely involved with the IS. He gave credit to families from the minority community for discouraging their children from getting influenced by the terror group.

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