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Islamic State 'most active' in southern states according to NIA probe, MHA tells Rajya Sabha

Islamic State most active in southern states according to NIA probe, MHA tells Rajya Sabha
New Delhi: Ministry of Home Affairs told the Rajya Sabha Wednesday that bsed on investigation in a series of cases , National Investigation Agency (NIA) has stated that Islamic State (IS) has a strong presence in the southern states of India, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra and Telangana.

According to the MHA, the NIA has registered 17 cases related to the presence of IS in the southern states and arrested 122 suspects.

In answer to a question by BJP leader Dr Vinay P. Sahasrabuddhe, Minister of State (Home) G Kishan Reddy said the IS was most active in southern states.

"Investigations by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) have revealed that the IS is most active in Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir," he said.

Reddy said the outfits found linked to the IS have been notified as terrorist organisations. They include Islamic State, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Daish), Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), ISIS Wilayat Khorasan, Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham-Khorasan (ISIS-K) and all its manifestations have been classified as Terrorist Organization and included in the First Schedule to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 by the Central Government.

In his reply, Reddy also said the IS was using various internet-based social media platforms for propagation of its ideology.

"Cyber space is being closely watched in this regard by the agencies concerned and action is taken as per law."

When asked if the government has any information on how these people are being funded and whether they are getting any foreign funding to carry out terror activities, Reddy did not give a detailed reply, but answered in the affirmative, without giving further details about its source and utilisation.

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