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Indian minorities discouraging youth from joining IS: Rajnath
Tuesday December 16, 2014 7:59 PM, IANS

There were only a "handful" or "negligible" number of people in India involved in activities related to the Islamic State (IS) and the minority communities in the country were discouraging their youth from joining the terror outfit, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Tuesday.

"There are only a handful or negligible number of people involved in ISIS activities in India. Their involvement too has not been direct. I congratulate the Indian minorities for discouraging their youth," he said during question hour in the Lok Sabha, referring to the terror outfit by its earlier name ISIS.

In many developed countries like Britain and France, minority families were encouraging youth to join the IS, but Indian minorities were discouraging their children, he said.

"I congratulate the minority community for discouraging youth from getting radicalised," Rajnath Singh said.

Responding to a supplementary question on steps taken by the government to prevent the spread of the IS, he said India has already banned the outfit and was monitoring the cyberspace to stop its propaganda.

"Cyberspace is a very serious issue. To monitor this system, it needs to be strengthened and I have asked for a committee to be constituted to monitor this."

"We will ensure that it is properly monitored," he added.

Mehdi Masroor Biswas, a pro-Islamic State (IS) tweeter, was arrested Saturday from Bengaluru after a British news channel Dec 11 unmasked the 24-year-old executive as a supporter of the outfit through social media and Twitter handle @ShamiWitness.

The home minister also assured the Lok Sabha that no innocent person from the minority community would be taken into custody with regard to suspected terror activities. If there were such instances, they could be brought to his notice.

Responding to another query on the IS, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said the matter was "very, very sensitive and the details cannot be discussed".

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