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Joining ISIS: Telangana youth wanted to make a difference

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Hyderabad, Dec 29: In India there are several anti-Israel protests that are held in various cities and towns. Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials keep a close watch on such protests as at times they make a veiled attempt at indoctrinating the youth to take up arms.

Some youth return to their normal lives, but there is a small percentage of them who decide to take the issue to another level.


Quoting Israel and the Palestine issue has become a favourite recruiting tool for any terror organisation.

Take the case of Abdul Basit the Hyderabad youth who was nabbed in Nagpur, Maharashtra for making an alleged attempt to join a terror group.

Investigations show that his first tryst at attempting to join a terror group was in September 2014.

In the month of July 2014, there was a protest held in Hyderabad against Hyderabad. The Hyderabad police say that attending this protest changed his mindset.

An attempt to make a difference:

Basit is one of those several youth who wanted to make a difference. Police officials say that once he returned from that protest, he began browsing topics relating to Israel extensively on the net.

It appears that he wanted to make a difference and believed that innocent people in Palestine needed to be protected.

However, the means that he chose were not acceptable under law. He decided that he would join the ISIS or al-Qaeda and help make a difference.

The problem in the case of Basit was that he had made an attempt last year too on joining a terror group. Now that he has been arrested for making a second attempt, it clearly suggests that he was determined and no amount of counselling made any difference.

Basit according to the police always was keen on making a difference. He was never too keen on studied and earned his father's wrath several times.

After he failed in his 10th standard his father was furious. With great difficulty he managed to get through and even got a seat in an engineering college. However, he was asked to leave the college after he got into a fight with a classmate.

Spare a thought for the parents:

For the parents of Basit, this news has come as a shock. They were very keen that their son returned to the mainstream after he was detained the last time.

His father was persistent that his son took up a job and led a normal life.

His father and mother participated for hours in a programme which counselled Basit last year. His father kept a close watch on him all the time and never let him venture out late in the night.

Moreover, his parents also ensured that he had limited access to the internet. However, all these attempts failed and Basit found a way to make yet another attempt at joining an international terror group.

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