'Negligible' support from Indian youth for ISIS: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 16 December 2014, 03:16 PM

There is “negligible” support from Indian youth for ISIS, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today giving credit to families from minority communities for discouraging their children from getting influenced by the terror group.

Singh also assured the Lok Sabha that no innocent person from minority community would be taken into custody with regard to suspected terror activities and if there are such instances, these can be brought to his notice.

“Minority communities of our country are discouraging this ... Parents are discouraging their children (from coming under influence of radicalism). I appreciate it,” Singh said during Question Hour amid thumping of desks by members.

Further, he said that minorities in many countries are encouraging ISIS.

Singh made the remarks while responding to queries about the threat of ISIS in India and steps taken by the government in this regard.

It is a fact that some of our youth followed ISIS but it is “negligible”, the Minister said.

Noting that the government took cognisance immediately after ISIS activities began to spread in different parts of the world, Singh ISIS has been prohibited.

“We are very much concerned about the activities of ISIS ... We are taking all steps to contain it,” he said.

Besides, the government assured the House there is not much to worry about the prevailing situation.

Responding to a query on ISIS influence in India, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the matter is “very, very sensitive” and the details cannot be discussed in the House”.

“There is nothing much to worry... We need not very much worry about the prevailing situation,” he noted.

A series of actions are being taken by the government including augmenting capacity of NSG and tightening of immigration control, among others. 

First Published: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 03:15 PM
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