At least 500 Indians attracted to Islamic State ideology, says report

At least 500 Indians attracted to Islamic State ideology, says report

New Delhi : According to a latest estimate by government and intelligence agencies, nearly 400 to 500 Indians are reportedly attracted towards the ideology of the Islamic State (IS) caliphate and were being tracked.

This group includes youngsters who reportedly make regular efforts online to get in touch with someone from the IS, reported The Times of India. The report also says that apart from discussing the achievements of the Islamic State, they also seek information on how to travel to Irag and Syria. Many seemed to be shifting loyalties to the Islamic State after earlier being attracted to Jaish-e-Mohammad, Indian Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. Some of the youth have also been counselled and let off as no serious charges were found against them.

The men attracted to IS are spread across states like Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi, the report said quoting sources. Also, apart from Facebook and Twitter, they were said to be using web-based calling, messaging and chat apps like Trillion, Live, Tango, KIK, Nimbuzz, Voxer, Talkray, GroupMe, Viber, Hike, KaKao Talk, IM+ to interact.

Meanwhile, Islamic State (ISIS) has recently made a new threat to send its fighters from Pakistan and Bangladesh to carry out ‘guerrilla attacks’ in India.

In a recent interview carried by Dabiq magazine, the ‘amir’ of ISIS fighters in Bangladesh, Shaykh Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif has vowed to wipe out Hindus and implement ‘sharia’ law in India and Bangladesh. al-Hanif also revealed the terror group is currently training fighters in Bangladesh and Pakistan to launch attacks on India and is seeking the help of the local mujahideen in the country.

Source : Daily News & Analysis

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