ISIS most active in 12 Indian states including Karnataka, 122 arrested


By Rajnish Singh

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS): With Islamic State and its various manifestations spreading base in 12 Indian states in recent years, the Sunni jihadists' group is now "most active" in these states across the country.

Apart from southern states like Telangana, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu -- where the Iran and Syria-based terrorist outfit penetrated years ago -- investigating agencies have found their links in states like Maharashtra, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir as well.

The Islamic State or ISIS, which has taken control over much of Syria and Iraq since 2014 and has branches in countries like Bangladesh, Mali, Somalia, and Egypt and links with other terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Al-Qaeda, is using various social media platforms to propagate its ideology in India.

Many instances of individuals from different states joining the group have come to the notice of the central and state security agencies.

The information on IS was provided by Minister of State of Home G Kishan Reddy in the Rajya Sabha in a written reply to Bharatiya Janata Party MP Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe's Unstarred Question.

The Minister said: "The cyberspace is being closely watched by Indian agencies and action taken as per the law."

Reddy said that probes by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) have revealed that the IS is most active in Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir.

The NIA -- India's anti-terror agency -- has registered 17 cases related to the presence of IS in Telangana, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It has arrested 122 accused, Reddy replied.

"Islamic State, or Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or Daesh, or Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), ISIS Wilayat Khorasan, or Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham-Khorasan (ISIS-K) and its manifestations have been notified as terrorist organisations and included in the First Schedule to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 by the central government," the Minister said.

Asked whether the government has any information on how these group members are funded and whether they are getting any foreign funding for terror activities, the Minister replied in the positive.

However, Reddy did not explain what information the Ministry of Home Affairs -- which is responsible for internal security and law and order in the country -- has on the IS and which foreign country is funding for their terror activities.

MHA officials indicated the role of neighbouring Pakistan in such activities. In August 2014, the US and Iran started a campaign to conduct airstrikes on ISIS targets in Iraq.

Since then, 14 countries in a US-led coalition along with local Kurdish and Arab forces in the area have also executed airstrikes on ISIS in both Iraq and Syria. It has led to the killing of several top ISIS leaders, weakening their grasp on many of their strongholds.


(Rajnish Singh can be contacted at rajnish.s@ians.in)

 

  

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  • Deshbhakt, Ramnagar

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    Correction please This terrorist organization is based in "Iraq" not Iran, and Syria

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  • Nayak, Udupi/Blore

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    Kill all terrorists and "Potential" Terrorists in one go.

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  • Sachidananda Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    If it is true....then no need to feel surprised.... because we can see many of their friends live happily in India yet they have complaint about our system and they will waste no time to blame BJP or NDA or NaMo for everything

    We don't need external enemy to our beautiful Country as long as these type of friends living inside our Country

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  • Concerned citizen, Mangaluru

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    ISIS there to destroy only Islamic countries and to protect anti islam states.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    Concerned ciitzen mangalore,it shows you have very little knowledge about it,or just hiding important things.Their aim is first to make the whole world as Islamic,to destroy all nonbelievers.They get good supports from Islamic countries.and many other methods.

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  • Gurka, Mangaluru

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    You are half knowledged about these affiliates, who is aiming all the nations to rule it thru religious teachings by terrorism. But it's a waste of time, energy, power, money and faith because they won't be succeed in their goals even that happened its the end of the world. Better they move forward to educate and rebuild the countries which they destroyed and then achieve their goals as human beings. Win the hearts of people by love and peace.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Only way to control this menace is to crush them into dust. No point in keeping them in prison and feeding from the tax payers money.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    The intelligence reports shared by the Union Home minstry, reveals a frightening scenario, for our nations security and integrity of India !!! The recent violence and dance of death, replicated in many states, clearly establishes a well orchestrated pogrom, to weaken, destabilise and destroy the fabric of our Republic !!!!

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  • Nassir K, Uppinangadi/Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Please apply ISLAMIC Sharia Law to stop this menace on this earth. All these Islamic outfits bring down Islam's image all over the world.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    We don't need any religion based law of any religion to rule the country. We need a democratic and secular laws as per the constitution to rule the country.

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  • Nassir K, Uppinangadi/Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Veer or shur, Nagpur or Kundapur,

    "democratic and secular laws" promote only crimes and very less justice. that is why this type of organizations grow like mushrooms. Once very strict punishments are applied all these things will vanish and only peace and happiness will flourish every were.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Is any gulf Muslims countries opting for Sharia law moving forward??????....Even Saudi Arabia is easing on it except Pakistan and ISIS are using it for thier ulterior motive. Sharia law and autocracy go hand in hand just like in India now and a favourite unjust tool by the powerful to exploit and control the innocent and defenceless.. Atleast democratic set up upholds rights, respect and views for names and place for all not the way you trash it unanimously.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Sharia Law and Pakistan ! anywhere any connection ! any effective rule????? Its leaning towards Chinese to help .. Human mind cant be controlled by anyone its a truth but some people use to control the mind using and misusing the weapon called RELIGION !!

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  • Naresh, Kerala

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    As per Shariah, thefts are punishable by amputating the offender's hands and adultery is punishable by stoning to death.... Do you mean to say that we can apply these in India to those people who advocate Shariah ??? ..... If implemented, hope those who advocated the same will not later seek quotas under physically handicapped category :)

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    BJP ruled states or non-BJP ruled states... does not make difference?...

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