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Islamic State influenced very few Indian youths, says government

New Delhi(PTI): The extremist group Islamic State has influenced very few Indian youths and security agencies are closely monitoring the situation — including keeping potential recruits under surveillance.

Minister of state for home affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told Lok Sabha that the government is closely monitoring the situation and has directed the intelligence and security agencies to identify potential recruits and keep them under surveillance.
“The cyber space is being closely monitored in this regard,” he said.

The minister said a few incidents like unfurling of Islamic State flags by some misguided youths were noticed on different occasions in Jammu and Kashmir and other states in recent past.

“…state governments concerned have been directed to take appropriate action against such statements as per relevant provisions of law,” he said.
Home ministry officials had earlier said 23 youths have joined extremist group, out of which six have reportedly been killed.

Quoting intelligence inputs, officials said it emerged that the dreaded terror outfit considered south Asian Muslims — including Indians — inferior to Arab fighters in the conflict zone of Iraq and Syria.

According to an intelligence report prepared by foreign agencies and shared with Indian agencies, fighters from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh as well as certain countries like Nigeria and Sudan are considered not good enough by IS and often tricked into carrying out suicide attacks.
Around 150 Indians are under surveillance for their alleged online links with the IS, officials said.