The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, today held a day long interaction with the concerned national intelligence and investigative agencies and law enforcement officers of 12 State Governments and the Union Territory of Delhi to discuss issues relating to DAESH, also known as ISIL or ISIS. Senior officials of the Union Home Ministry also participated.
The 13 States and Union Territory, which attended the interaction are Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra.
The issues that were discussed included inter-alia misuse of social media; sources of impetus that attract persons, specially youth, to DAESH; the growth of DAESH influence in India’s neighbourhood; the best possible law enforcement response; the need for appropriate welfare schemes for minorities; social media strategies to be followed; and capacity building of State police Organizations, specially in the area of Information technology.
In his concluding remarks, the Union Home Minister stated that India’s traditions and family values will triumph over even this evil, and that while the traction that DAESH has got in India is extremely limited, and almost insignificant relative to other countries, yet there is a need to keep up vigil on all fronts, and not let down our guard in any manner. He noted that a large number of and, in fact, most Muslim Organizations in India had come out against both DAESH and other forms of terrorism.