ISIS threat: India to increase cyber patrolling

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New Delhi, Aug 1: The ISIS may not have its foot-prints in India as of now. However the problem that India has faced in the past year is with regard to headhunters and recruits.

Although there has not been any instance to show that the Indians joining the ISIS have made any plans to strike India, the government still does not want to take anything to chance.

India to increase cyber patrolling

The Ministry of Home Affairs has identified 12 states in the country which a face a problem where the ISIS is concerned.

A meeting has been convened by the Ministry for Home Affairs at New Delhi to find a solution to the problem. The police chiefs of the 12 states would meet with Home Ministry officials and chalk out a plan on how to beat the problem.

De-readicalisation and outreach programme

The meeting to be held today would chalk out ways on how to de-radicalise the youth. The problem is not just with the ISIS alone.

In Kashmir several educated youth have been joining terrorist groups such as the Hizbul Mujahideen. These are increasingly dangerous trends and we need to stop them, a MHA official informed.

The meeting today would discuss on how to go about the de-radicalisation programme. It would focus on setting up an outreach programme as well.

The meeting would also tell the state governments to go about this programme carefully and ensure that it does not hurt any community. The elders of the community should be roped in for the programme, it would be stated at the meeting.

Cyber patrolling

The Home Ministry has decided to increase the cyber patrolling programme. Currently there are a few operation launched by the cyber wing of the Intelligence Bureau. However, the ministry would try and find more ways of increasing cyber patrolling.

Terror groups have become extremely deadly on the virtual world and almost 9 out of 10 recruitments take place there. There is a need to come up with state specific programmes to ensure that internet modules are busted.

Till now the cyber patrolling was being conducted by the central intelligence agencies. However now it would become state specific. The point to be noted here is that terrorists have a different plan for each state.

A problem in Karnataka may not be discussed in Uttar Pradesh. A potential terror recruiter from Karnataka may quote the state's problems and it is the local police which will be in a better position to understand this. Hence each state needs to device its own programme and the central agencies in turn would assist them, the Home Ministry official also said.

The states that would be part of the meeting today are Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Maharashtra.

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