Home Minister Rajnath Singh has today said that the country holds the ability to tackle the militant group ISIS.
“We have the capacity to meet any threat. We will face it,” he told reporters in Noida. The statement came amidst the growing support for the IS from radicalized youth in different pockets of the country.
Last week 14 youth were detained by the NIA and pother security agencies. Simultaneously raids were carried out in the five states of Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh where the suspects were arrested. They were part of a group named ‘Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind’ (Army of Caliph of India), a terror group which has almost similar ideologies that of ISIS.
A total of 23 Indians have so far joined the ISIS of which six were reportedly killed in different incidents in Iraq-Syria, according to Indian intelligence agencies. The dead were identified as Athif Vaseem Mohammad (Adilabad, Telangana), Mohammad Umar Subhan (Bangalore, Karnataka), Maulana Abdul Kadir Sultan Armar (Bhatkal, Karnataka), Saheem Farooque Tanki (Thane, Maharashtra), Faiz Masood (Bangalore, Karnataka) and Mohammad Sajid alias Bada Sajid (Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh).
Around 150 Indians are under surveillance for their alleged online links with ISIS. As many as 30 other Indians, who were radicalised by ISIS elements, were prevented from travelling to the conflict zone in the Middle-East.
Among those who are currently fighting for ISIS include two youths from Kalyan in the outskirts of Mumbai, an Australia-based Kashmiri, one youth from Telangana, and one from Karnataka, one Oman-based Indian and another Singapore-based Indian. On September 15, 2015, the UAE deported four Indians suspected to have links with ISIS.
The UAE had also sent back in September last year a 37-year-old woman Afsha Jabeen alias Nicky Joseph who was allegedly involving in recruiting youths for ISIS.