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Rajnath Singh to police chiefs: Misguided youth getting attracted to ISIS, can’t take Al-Qaeda threat lightly

IndiaToday.in  Guwahati, November 29, 2014 | Edited by Ruchi Dua | UPDATED 14:16 IST

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressing top police officials in Guwahati on Saturday. (Photo tweeted by ANI))A day after the arrest of a Thane youth who joined ISIS jihadists in Syria, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told police chiefs from across the country that India “can’t remain unaffected by Islamic State activities” and was “concerned about youth wanting to join the terror group” active in Iraq and Syria. (Also read: Thane youth with ISIS links grilled by NIA)

“India cannot remain unaffected by international terrorism, (and the) activities of Islamic State (of Iraq and Syria),” Singh told DGs and IGs at a national conference in Guwahati.

 

This was the first time that the conference of DGs was held outside New Delhi. CBI chief Ranjit Sinha also attended the conference. The meeting attended by DGPs and IGPs of all states, Union Territories and chief of paramilitary forces would be addressed by Prime MinisterNarendra Modi tomorrow.

Hinting at the case of 24-year-old Areeb Majeed from Kalyan town, who allegedly joined jihadists in Syria, the Home Minister said: “There are some misguided youth who are getting attracted to join organisations like the ISIS. We are concerned about the youngsters who are getting drawn to IS,” he said.

Rajnath Singh poses for a group photo with Police Medal winners.He also said terror group Al-Qaeda’s call for a jihad in India “cannot be taken lightly”.

“We can’t take Al-Qaeda’s threat of turning India into an Islamic country lightly. We should consider it a challenge,” he said.

But he said the government wouldn’t allow terror organisations set up base in the country. “There might be many terrorist organisations in the world but we will not allow them to get a foothold in our country.”

He also praised police and the NIA on busting the Burdwan terror module, which had its links to a terrorist group in Bangladesh.

“A terrorist network has been busted in West Bengal. I congratulate West Bengal Police and the NIA who are playing an important role in exposing the network,” he said.

The minister inspects a prototype of i-click machine which could be used for registering FIRs.’Is ISI also a non-state actor?’

The Home Minister targeted Pakistan’s spy agency ISI over the terrorist attack in Arnia sector in Jammu in which over 12 people were killed.

“If non-state actors are involved in terrorist acts in India, then is ISI a non-state actor? It is the state actors who have a role in trying to destabilising our country. Pakistan has not abandoned its efforts to harm India through various tactics,” he said

“On the basis of the capability of the security forces, I can say that we are ready to face any kind of challenge,” he said.

Singh also talked about the vanishing support to terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir and said Pakistan was still supporting such networks.

The recent heavy turnout during the first phase of polls in the state and attendance of people in political rallies was enough an indication for terror groups about the ground realities in the state, Singh said at the conference which has been organised by the Intelligence Bureau, reported PTI.

‘Fall in Maoist violence’

“Incidents of violence have been reduced in the state affected by Left-Wing Extremism,” he said.

Rajnath Singh at the conference in Guwahati.’National Police Memorial to come up in Delhi’

Ranjath Singh also said paid homage to police officials killed in the line of duty. “The role of our police forces and the intelligence agencies has been crucial in ensuring security to our people. I pay my tribute to all the jawans who were martyred. I pay homage to all those police personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty.”

He said the government has have decided to sanction Rs.50 crore for the construction of a National Police Memorial in Delhi.

He also said there was a lack of infrastructure and development in the North East. “I assure you: We’re committed towards a comprehensive development of this region,” he said.

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