New Delhi, Nov 18: The November 13 Paris terror attack by Islamic State, popularly known as ISIS militants killing 129 people, has once again brought to light the threat ISIS poses. The barbaric act resulted in international outrage with people condemning the attacks on innocents. Security was beefed up in almost every country to avert terror attacks of the ISIS. Within few years of its inception ISIS succeeded in spreading its fear among people with its beheading and other brutal killing methods. Besides this, ISIS was able to reach and recruit people of outside Iraq and Syria.Also Read - 'Arsonist Disguising Itself as Fire-fighter', India Hits Back at Pak For 'Spewing Falsehoods' at UNGA | 10 Points
As far as India in concerned, no major terror attack took place in the country so far. But India seems no more safe from the threat of ISIS. Many Muslim youth, mainly radicalised on social media, tried to join the terror outfit, is raising serious concerns. Should India be worried about the ISIS? YES! Here’s why Also Read - India to Exercise Its Right to Reply Against Pakistan PM Imran Khan's References on Kashmir at UNGA
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According to intelligences services, at least 19 Indians joined the ISIS so far. Around 50 people who have soft corner for ISIS propaganda on social networking sites are under keen watch by security agencies. Indian security establishment suggests that around 20-odd Indians are currently fighting for ISIS in Iraq-Syria. They include two youth from Kalyan in the outskirts of Mumbai, an Australia-based Kashmiri, one youth from Telangana, one from Karnataka, one Oman-based Indian and another Singapore-based Indian.
Last year, a youth from Kalyan, Arif Majeed had returned home after spending about six-months with ISIS. He was arrested upon arrival in Mumbai. Among the six Indians, who fought alongside ISIS and got killed were three Indian Mujahideen terrorists, including Sultan Ajmer Shah and Bada Sajid, who had joined its ranks after being in Pakistan, two from Maharashtra and one from Telangana. (ALSO READ: Kalyan youth returns to India: Why as Indian Muslim I hate ISIS)
A retired Army officer’s daughter was influenced by IS online justifications and decided to join the terror cult. Fortunately, the father informed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) about the suspicious activities of her child. The NIA conducted the de-radicalization programme but failed to convince her to quit the aspirations of turning an extremist. The incident shows that non-Mulsims are also the target of ISIS.
On September 15 this year, the UAE deported four Indians suspected to have links with ISIS. The UAE had also sent back in September a 37-year-old woman, Afsha Jabeen alias Nicky Joseph, who was allegedly involving in recruiting youths for ISIS. In January, Salman Mohiuddin of Hyderabad was arrested at Hyderabad airport when he was preparing to board a flight to Dubai on way to Syria via Turkey.
All the instances have one thing in common. The ISIS used the social media effectively to radicalise the young minds. It’s high time India took precautionary measures for combating the ISIS threat. A Kerala-based journalist, Tahir Khan, who joined the ISIS, was working with a daily in Palakkad, Kerala. According to intelligence agencies, Tahir came in touch with the terror group through social media. His relatives tried their best to stop him from getting involved with radicals. Tahir sought a transfer to Qatar in 2014 following pressure from his family and later travelled Syria to join ISIS.
Like Mehdi Maroos Biswas, Tahir Khan was also tracked by intelligence agencies. Before they could pin him down, he slipped out of Qatar. Indian agencies seems failing in tracking the youths, who are being brainwashed by extremists. It also points out the loopholes and shows that investigative agencies are still not prepared to combat the ISIS threat within the country.