Bengaluru, May 6: The past couple of months have kept Intelligence Bureau officials busy and the number of persons who have been stopped from joining the ISIS from different parts of the country is 21. While 15 are from Telangana, the remaining six are from Madhya Pradesh.
While in Telangana the youth trying to join the ISIS were stopped from going out of the country, in Madhya Pradesh there was a module which had been busted by the police and the intelligence bureau.
The Telangana scenario
In Telangana over the past couple of months several persons have been spotted at the airports and brought back to their homes. There was a lurking suspicion that these youth were in touch with handlers and were making attempts to cross over and join the ISIS.
In all the 15 cases it was found that these youth had planned on going to the United Kingdom or Gulf and from there cross over either into Iraq or Syria. All these persons had obtained valid work permits and were using the UK or Gulf route to slip into ISIS territory.
Intelligence Bureau officials who had tracked these youth had found on them plenty of online literature. Moreover their conversations were a clear indicator that they were attempting to slip into ISIS territory. Recently Ateef Wasim a youth suspected to have joined the ISIS had also been killed in Syria.
The MP module
A module in Madhya Pradesh had recently been busted by the police. It was found that a group of 6 youth were setting up shop in Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh. It was found during the investigation that these youth were recruited by Sultan Armar and were tasked with setting up an ISIS module.
Armar was recently killed in an encounter at Kobane in Syria. Armar was in fact heading the recruitment wing of the ISIS which was called the Ansar-ul-Tawhid.
In MP, these youth led by one Irfaan Khan were setting up a module. An officer from Madhya Pradesh probing the case informed OneIndia that these persons were not only trying and recruiting youth but had also planned on carrying out an attack as the materials found on them were indicative of the same.
India continues to counsel
In the cases at Telangana, the 15 youth who were stopped and brought back in different incidents have all been let off after counseling. Officials have taken this approach in such cases.
Each time a person was caught and brought back home, he has been counseled. However the police would continue to keep them under the radar and have warned that a repeat offender will not get the benefit of counseling.
In all the cases in which we have counseled these youth, it has been found that they have not tried to slip out once again.
However there is increased surveillance by the Intelligence Bureau which is keeping a close watch on the activities of such youth. The job of the IB would be to tip off the jurisdictional police about the movement of these youth and ensure that they are brought back.