NEW DELHI: Islamic State ideologists may have so far failed in spreading its ideology in India, but the latest development shows its dominating influence in the Indian sub-continent. According to the Indian intelligence agencies, more than 500 individuals have been traced believed to be attracted towards the ideology of Caliphate.
Sources said that the suspected individuals are mostly youth and uses internet to interact with members of the terror outfit based in Syria. It has been reported that the individuals believed in the ideology of caliphate to such an extent that they have started spreading the ideology to other people over the internet. They have even tried to find ways in order to reach Syria and fight for the terror groups based there.
Though the Indian government claims that the Islamic State organization has no influence over the Indian Muslims, the current development may keep National security organizations and intelligence agencies on toes.
Many of the suspected individuals were questioned and interrogated by the intelligence agencies and were later on released after counseling, as nothing serious was found with them. Sources close to the IB said that the IS has been utilizing internet to influence the Indian youth with the belief that there are too many malpractices in the modern world and that only the IS led Caliphate is the remedy to it.
Fortunately, the investigation agencies pointed out that the youth influenced by IS in India have no individual problem with the Indian government, Army or India as such. “During our interrogation with them, we have observed that they are more motivated to fight in Syria with the IS than negatively impacted against the Indian social system. In fact, they are getting the freedom they want here and i don’t think IS has any excuses to influence individuals against their own country”, an officer from the IB said.
Officials said that the 500 suspected individuals were spread all over the country in the states such as karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and use web-based utilities such as messaging and chat apps like Trillion, Live, Tango, KIK, Nimbuzz, Voxer, Talkray, GroupMe, Viber, Hike, KaKao Talk, IM+ and many others apart from Facebook and Twitter.