Pune teen radicalised, prepared to become suicide bomber: ATS sources
The girl, who was apparently radicalised by her ISIS contacts abroad and brainwashed to go to Syria, is being de-radicalised with the help of her parents and clerics, Pune ATS officer Bhanupratap Barge said.india Updated: Dec 18, 2015 17:24 IST
The 16-year-old Muslim girl from Pune, who was questioned by sleuths of Pune anti-terrorism squad and is being counselled for her alleged connections with the Islamic State (IS), was radicalised to such an extent that she was mentally prepared to work as a suicide bomber, sources have revealed.
The girl, who was apparently radicalised by her ISIS contacts abroad and brainwashed to go to Syria, is being de-radicalised with the help of her parents and clerics, Pune ATS officer Bhanupratap Barge said. She could reveal an alarming network of the radical organisation spread across the country, ATS sources added.
The girl, a student of a prominent college in Pune, was put under surveillance after her name came up during the interrogation of Mohammed Sirajuddin an Indian Oil Corporation employee, who was arrested in Rajsthan last week for his alleged links with IS.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that the girl was in connection with Sirajuddin and several other men from other parts of India including Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir and Karnataka. ATS sources said an alert has been sounded to the concerned police or ATS teams in these states.
The girl became curious about the activities of IS after watching some news reports about the radical organisation. She gathered information about the terror outfit on the internet and established contact through Facebook, ATS sources said.
She came into contact with a Sri Lankan national who was suspected to be an IS operative and had already been arrested by the police there. The girl then was diverted to Sirajuddin, according to ATS sources.
The girl kept in touch with this group formed by Sirajuddin on social media sites like Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. In addition to India, some men from countries like Britain, Saudi Arabia, Keniya and Dubai were also active on Sirajuddin’s group.
In India, social media is being regularly used to to radicalise young, tech-savvy men and women and recruiting them for jihadist organisations, most prominently the IS that is slowly spreading its tentacles in India. Police have arrested a few of these men and women for alleged links with the IS in states like Kerala, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
The girl, who has been described as bright and belongs to a well to do, educated family, started showing sudden symptoms of change like staying alone and wearing traditional clothes, revealed her parents. She also did not respond to her parent’s queries and argued with them.
“We do not believe that she would go such an extent,” her shocked parents said.