NIA arrests 24 people for alleged links with ISIS

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2016 15:47 IST
Posters of NIA announcing a bounty of Rs 10 lakhs on the Udhampur attack mastermind Abu Qasim (left) and of Rs 5 lakh each on the other Pakistani militants, Abu Okasa (centre) and Zargham, have been put up across the Kashmir valley. (HT Photo)

The NIA has arrested 24 people for alleged links with ISIS, government said on Wednesday, making it clear that only a very few youths from India were attracted to the dreaded terror group.

“The National Investigation Agency and the police in some states have registered cases and arrested some active cadres affiliated to ISIS in the recent past. So far, NIA has arrested 24 accused in the cases being investigated by the agency,” Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said in Rajya Sabha.

The Minister said the outfit uses both positive and negative imagery to attract recruits from across the world but it has influenced or attracted very few youths from India.

“The ISIS is using various internet based platforms for propaganda and to propagate its ideology. The intelligence and security agencies monitor the cyber space closely to identify potential recruits and keep them under surveillance and take further action, if necessary,” he said in a written reply.

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