ISIS presence in India is Negligible, says Home Minister Rajnath

New Delhi(PTI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the presence of the Islamic State group in India is insignificant. The statement comes in the light of increasing concerns about the radicalisation of Indian youths by Islamic State.

In September this year, an Indian woman allegedly involved in recruiting people for the terror outfit was deported by the UAE and subsequently arrested in Hyderabad. 37-year-old Afsha Jabeen alias ‘Nicky Joseph’, who hails from Hyderabad, had been portraying herself as a British national while luring youth for IS through social media.

Earlier in July, a report had said that the ISIS was preparing to attack India to provoke an Armageddon-like confrontation with the US. “The document warns that ‘preparations’ for an attack in India are underway and predicts that an attack will provoke an apocalyptic confrontation with America,” the report had said.

In May 2014, four youths from Kalyan town — Arif Majeed, Shaheen Tanki, Fahad Shaikh and Aman Tandel — had left India to visit holy places in the Middle East, but disappeared thereafter.

However, 23-year-old Arif Majeed from neighbouring Kalyan, who was believed to have been killed while fighting for ISIS in Syria, had returned to Mumbai on November 28.

Indian Union Muslim League leader E. Ahamed said activities of ISIS are anti-Islamic and that his party would support efforts of the government against the terror group.