A teenage girl from India has been put under surveillance after police investigations had revealed that she had links with the ISIS after establishing contact with one of its agent in Sri Lanka and other ISIS sympathizers on social media networks, the Times of India reported today.
The 16-year-old Pune college girl, who was allegedly in touch with an Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) executive Mohammed Sirajuddin, has been put under surveillance for her suspected links with the ISIS, assistant commissioner of police, Bhanupratap Barge of the anti-terrorism squad said.
Sirajuddin, who was arrested, had formed closed groups of IS sympathizers, including boys and girls from Maharashtra, on Facebook and WhatsApp. He was allegedly spreading IS activities online and trying to recruit Indian youths for the terrorist group. He was arrested in Jaipur last week.
The girl was deeply influenced by IS activities and radicalized online. She was in regular touch with many sympathizers of the dreaded terrorist group, Barge said.
Officials said the girl was in touch with Sirajuddin and was about to visit Iran or Syria because IS members were ready to bear her medical education and other expenses.
She was regularly interacting with IS sympathizers on WhatsApp and Twitter and exchanging mails with people in countries such as the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Kenya and some in Europe.
Investigations showed that the girl was attracted to the IS ideology while watching a television channel four months ago. She began searching for more information on IS on internet portals and established contact with an IS agent in Sri Lanka.
ATS officials said the girl began believing that the world should follow an Islamic ideology and Muslims in India should "do anything for the sake of Islam". Her parents noticed a sudden change in her behaviour. She gave up wearing T-shirts, jeans and dresses to college and began to sport a burqa.
"We have not registered a complaint against the girl because she is a minor and she did not radicalize others," Barge told TOI. "As part of our national programme, we have undertaken an exercise for the past eight days to de-radicalize her with support from her parents."
Barge said they had prevented the girl from joining IS. "The girl has shown remarkable signs of improvement because she has realized that she has done something wrong," he said.
Comments - 10
Deane Saturday, 19 December 2015 11:05 AM
I think a concerted effort is required from the Security Forces to coordinate with Muslim Elders to stop this rot. Young people should be reminded that ISIS activities are against the tenets of ISLAM.
NIMAL Saturday, 19 December 2015 01:09 PM
@LIMA, UNFORTUNATELY THE WORLD IS FULL OF IDIOTS LIKE YOU!
Lanka Saturday, 19 December 2015 01:09 PM
There are many extremist Islamic groups scattered across EAST COAST of Sri Lanka.
Sammy Saturday, 19 December 2015 01:11 PM
It is convenient to pass the buck onto Jews, Israel and USA. These are extremist Muslims who are involved and it is the right thinking Muslims who should take responsibility, to correct these errant extremists instead of blaming others. History is replete with actions of Islamic extremists, even before Israel was formed as a separate nation state.
Lima Friday, 18 December 2015 04:06 PM
ARREST IMMEDIATELY THOSE INVOLVED WITH ISIS , GIVE THE DEATH PENALTY RIGHT AWAY. ISIS IS A TERRORIST ORGANISATION RUN BY ISRAEL AND USA. IN THE NAME OF MUSLIM THEY DESTROY MUSLIM COUNTRIES AND KILLING THE PEOPLE AT WILL. THE MOMENT WHO EVER IDENTIFIES AN ISIS CONTRIBUTOR , DO NOT DELAY GIVE THE DEATH SENTENCE SAME TIME. IT IS A FAKE ORGANISATON LABELED AS MUSLIM ORGANISATION FUNDED AND ORGANISED BY ISRAEL . ALL THOSE HEADS OF ISIS ARE JEWS AND ISRAEL ORIGIN
saman Saturday, 19 December 2015 05:07 AM
Gota, we need you!
Leo Friday, 18 December 2015 04:21 PM
"The girl has shown remarkable signs of improvement because she has realized that she has done something wrong," This sounds like the usual Indian fairy tales. Track down those whom she had contact with if India has a good Anti Terrorism Squad.
Chris Saturday, 19 December 2015 06:36 AM
SL does not need another conflict and this should be stopped at once. MOD over to you.
kumar Saturday, 19 December 2015 06:58 AM
As per articles theses recruits are not basically radicals or extremists.Their honesty is being misused .Therefore good muslim organisations should should set up sites to convey the true muslim beliefs.We must not corner them unnecessariiy but enlighten them. The Same applies to many radical unions convincing and using innocent honest members that solution lies in disrupting society.
Ramola Saturday, 19 December 2015 08:37 AM
Ban Facebook and whatsapp in sri lanka. Ban all encrypted social media apps too.
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