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ATS helpline to take on radicalisation by terror outfits

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) has announced a helpline number for parents and families who suspect their children or people known to them are getting radicalised online.

lucknow Updated: Apr 27, 2017 12:43 IST
Rohit K Singh
The ATS has launched the initiative to help families in de-radicalising youngsters.
The ATS has launched the initiative to help families in de-radicalising youngsters.(HT File Photo)

If you come across a youngster in the family or in your locality who is getting influenced by extremist groups or visiting suspicious sites, you can now help in nipping the evil in the bud.

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) has announced a helpline number for parents and families who suspect their children or people known to them are getting radicalised online.

The ATS has launched the initiative to help families in de-radicalising youngsters who are often targeted by terror operatives who radicalise them online and use them in carrying out terror activities.

‘De-radicalisation of 25 youths underway’
  • De-radicalisation of at least 25 youths from various districts of Uttar Pradesh is already on.
  • IG, ATS, Asim Arun said the youths belong to seven districts including Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Bijnore and Muzaffarnagar.
  • He said the youngsters were identified through their posts, likes and remarks on the social media. He said the ATS was keeping a watch on online activities and some families would be approached for de-radicalisation process, if required.

“We have decided to lend support to such families as a part of our de-radicalisation programme launched after the arrest of four terror suspects on April 20. These suspects had radicalised six youths from Shamli and were planning to use them for terror activities in Bijnore,” said inspector general (IG), ATS, Asim Arun.

He said the terror operatives were targeting youngsters between 15 and 25 years of age by inciting communal passions.

“People may call on two control room numbers of UP ATS — 0522-2304588 and 9792103156. The identities of such youths or families will be kept secret,” he said.

Explaining the de-radicalisation programme, Arun said the police would rope in clerics as well as the parents, family members and friends of such youths to make them understand religion in right perspective. “They will be told that no religion talks and promotes terrorism or violence,” he said.

“As part of de-radicalisation programme, the police will visit the youth’s house for a week and then call him to their place for another week to maintain interaction. The frequency of meetings will be gradually reduced but will continue for at least a year,” said the IG.

He said the police would also make surprise visits to the houses of such youths to check their activity and remain in touch with their family.

“We will also try to help such youths in their education and employment by recommending their names under various government schemes. The youths will be considered totally de-radicalised once they get married or employed,” Arun said.

“There is no guarantee that the youths may not be radicalised again so we will keep their details with us and keep checking their activities randomly,” he added.

Arun said the youngsters were being radicalised through ISIS literature available online and by reminding them of the problems faced by their community in the past.

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