The Maharashtra police department has suggested a multi-pronged approach to check radicalisation of Muslim youth.
A note detailing the recommendations was presented recently to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds charge of the home department.
The note identified easy access to reactionary literature on the internet and several socio-economic factors as contributory causes and suggested a series of counter measures. In this context, it mentioned the cases of the four young men from Kalyan, who had joined the terror group ISIS, and youngsters from Umarkhed and Hingoli, who were stopped from flying out of the country to join the group.
Urging the chief minister to play a proactive role, the police suggested the government takes steps to improve the quality of life of the youth by providing them better access to healthcare, education and jobs.
“Urgent steps are required to be taken. There are very serious implications for the internal security of the state and the country as a whole,” the note said.
It urged the government to rope in women from the Muslim community in the effort to keep young people away from radical elements. Besides, successful businessmen and professionals from the community could be held up as role models for the youth.
Government officers from the community could help drive the campaign, the note said.