The security establishment is keeping a watch on around 150 youths in the country for their alleged sympathy and leanings towards the terrorist group Islamic State (IS).
“Most of boys are regularly frequenting the IS online sites. Some of them are interacting with people who may be online recruiters of the terror outfit, therefore they have been kept under the watch,” said a government official requesting anonymity.
So far, a total of 23 Indians —resident and as well as non-residents — have gone to IS-held areas in Iraq-Syria to fight for the terrorist group. Of them six were reported to be killed while one returned home in Mumbai. Around 50 other Indians, radicalised by IS elements, were also prevented from travelling to the IS-held area along the Iraq and Syria border.
The home ministry officials say a policy to deal with IS recruitment is being implemented to check the danger.
“Involving elders and avoiding police action, counselling of misguided youth, making available counter-jehadi literature in Indian languages, keeping an eye on cyber traffic to check jehadi propaganda and working with educational institutions for counter-radicalisation measures are some of the key components of the policy to deal with the IS,” said a counter-terror official.