By Sanjib Kr Baruah And Rajnish Sharma
May 28, 2016
In what is probably the first incident of its kind, terror outfit Islamic State (ISIS) has successfully managed to radicalise and rope in an Indian studying in the United States.
The student, who hails from Andhra Pradesh and was pursuing engineering in Texas, figures in the latest video released by the terror outfit threatening to carry out attacks against India.
Intelligence agencies and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is conducting a through investigation into the 22-minute footage released on May 19, have identified most of the Indians in the video — Mohd Sajid alias Bada Sajid, Farooq Al Hindi alias Abu Rashid (both from Azamgarh, UP), Abu Salha al Hindi, Fahad Sheikh alias Abu Ammar al Hindi (from Kalyan, Maharashtra), and Aman Tandel alias Abu Salman al Hindi and Shaheem Tanki (from Thane).
While most of these IS operatives have been on the radar of the intelligence agencies, what has surprised them is the presence of the engineering student in the video.
The number Indians who have joined the ISIS seem to have risen to 40 from what was earlier believed to be around 25.
Forensic examination of the video has revealed this might well be a patch work of old and new footage.
ISIS Jihad Video under Home Ministry Scanner, Says Minister of State for Home Affairs
May 27, 2016
PANAJI: The video released by the Islamic State (ISIS), in which about half a dozen fugitive Indian Muslims threaten to wage jihad against India has come under the scanner of the home ministry, Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju said.
"The matter came to us and is in our notice," Rijiju said responding to a question during a press conference in Panaji on the ISIS video .
He asserted that those who are involved in these kinds of activities would be dealt with strongly to make the country safe.
He also said that "we have already stated earlier that by and large, the Indian society as a whole does not subscribe to that kind of violent ideology".
Stating that a large section of Muslim community in India "does not support this kind of activity," Rijiju pointed out that the community leaders have come out strongly condemning attempts of ISIS to lure the Indian youths.
He also said that we have registered six cases against those are involved with the ISIS. "Many arrests have been made and investigations are on," he said.
"It is out of frustration they are coming with such type of videos and this is not going to affect our security system," he added.
"Since the NDA came to power, we have been dealing very carefully and our process of de-radicalization and counter radicalization steps have been effective," Rijiju said.