Is India Safe From ISIS? | Latitude

Terror unleashed on the streets of Paris. Shockwaves through out the world. How safe is India from the ISIS threat? Find out with Maroof Raza, Strategic Affairs Expert; Manoj Joshi, Distinguished Fellow, ORF; and Lt Gen SA Hasnain (Retd), Visiting Fellow, Vivekanand Intenational Foundation.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaking over the threat posed by terrorist group Islamic State following attacks in Paris, said, “ISIS is not a threat for any particular country but for the entire world. India is alert about ISIS.”Indian security establishment suggests that around 20-odd Indians are currently fighting for ISIS in Iraq-Syria. They include two youths from Kalyan in the outskirts of Mumbai, an Australia-based Kashmiri, one youth from Telangana, one from Karnataka, one Oman-based Indian and another Singapore-based Indian. Last year, a youth from Kalyan had returned home after spending about six-months with ISIS. He was arrested upon arrival in Mumbai. Among the six Indians, who fought alongside ISIS and got killed were three Indian Mujahideen terrorists, including Sultan Ajmer Shah and Bada Sajid, who had joined its ranks after being in Pakistan, two from Maharashtra and one from Telangana. On September 15, the UAE deported four Indians suspected to have links with ISIS. The UAE had also sent back in September a 37-year-old woman, Afsha Jabeen alias Nicky Joseph, who was allegedly involving in recruiting youths for ISIS. In January, Salman Mohiuddin of Hyderabad was arrested at Hyderabad airport when he was preparing to board a flight to Dubai on way to Syria via Turkey. So far, 17 young men, mostly from Telangana, have been prevented from travelling to Syria, ostensibly to join ISIS.

A series of terror attacks in Paris targeting concert-goers, soccer fans and people enjoying a Friday night out at popular nightspots killed 129 people. At least two explosions took place near the Stade de France national stadium where a France-Germany friendly soccer match was being played, attended by President Francois Hollande. After the attacks, Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced that he was closing the country’s borders.

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