Can't take Al-Qaeda's threat lightly: Rajnath Singh speaks on terrorism, Pak, Naxalism

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New Delhi, Nov 28: Addressing DGPs/IGPs conference on Saturday, home minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the West Bengal police and National Investigation Agency who busted a terrorist network in the state.

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The HM also spoke about the challenges India is facing from terror networks across the world. "On the basis of the capability of the security forces I can say that we are ready to face any kind of challenge", he said.

On many youth from the country who are travelling to middle-east countries to join Islamic State, a relatively new terror group in Iraq and Syria, he said, "There are some misguided youth who are getting attracted to join organisations like the ISIS. We are concerned about the youngsters who are getting drawn to such groups".

"We can't take Al-Qaeda's threat of turning India into an Islamic country lightly. We should consider it a challenge", he said. Earlier this year, there were reports of Al Qaeda launching an India wing to focus on more attacks in the country.

Taking on Pakistan for allegedly sponsoring attacks in India, he asked, "Pakistan claims non state actors are behind such incidents(of terrorism), I ask is IS also non-state actor?".

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On Naxalism

"There is lack of infrastructural development in the North East. I assure you,we are committed towards a comprehensive development of this region", home minister Rajnath Singh. "Incidents of violence have been reduced in the LWE affected states":, he said.

"We want that in Naxal-affected regions, leadership be handed over to some of our very capable District Magistrates and SPs", he said.

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