India on IS terror alert

India_police_Daily_Dhaka_TimesDaily Dhaka Times: India’s home ministry has issued an advisory to all its state governments asking them to stay alert against possible IS strike.

“ISIS is not only a threat for any particular country, but for the entire world. India is always on alert about ISIS,” said India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The advisory has warned all the state governments about the possibility of an ISIS-sponsored action.

“….Though the ISIS has not been able to establish any significant presence in India, its success in radicalising some youths, attracting certain sections of the local population or the Indian diasporas to physically participate in its activities or the possibility of piggy-backing on terrorist groups operating in India have opened up the possibility of ISIS-sponsored terrorist action on Indian territory,” said a top government official quoting the advisory issued by the home ministry.

The advisory has specifically asked the state police to review inputs on IS and identify plans, target areas vulnerable to attacks by the outfit and take appropriate action to counter the threat.

The advisory called for suitable preventive measures at diplomatic missions and other foreign offices, particularly ones belonging to the governments of France, US, UK, Germany, Australia, Russia, Turkey and Israel, among others.

“The states were also told to secure tourist sports and community facilities frequented by other nationals,” the official said.

The developments assume significance as a few people from different Indian states have been found involving with the IS.

Over the last several months, several youths from Kerala had been deported from the UAE following suspicion that they were in touch with active IS members.

In January, one Salman Mohiuddin was arrested at Hyderabad airport when he was preparing to board a flight to Dubai on his way to Syria via Turkey.

India’s central intelligence agencies are also keeping a close tab on the social networking sites.


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