South Indian Muslims more prone to ISIS ideology: Rijiju


New Delhi: Raking up yet another controversy, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a statement that Muslims from south Indian states were more prone to get influenced by ISIS ideology than any other part of the country.

“It is a reality (some south Indian Muslims getting attracted to ISIS). It is a fact. But we should not undermine our vigil in other parts of the country,” he said.

Rijiju’s comments came at a time when, reports were making rounds that ISIS would carry out attacks in India. Reportedly, a single person would carry out the attack. ISIS had named the operation “Lone Wolf”.

However, there were reports that many Indians, all Muslims, had travelled to Syria to join the terror outfit ISIS. Interestingly, most of those Indian Muslims belonged to south Indian states.

Out of the 23 Indian Muslims who had travelled to Syria to join ISIS, six were killed in various terror operations. While three belonged to Karnataka, rest were natives of Telangana, Kerala, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

However, Rijiju assured that the government at the Centre is proactive and is intensively monitoring the situation. Stringent vigilance was being carried out by the security and Intelligence agencies to thwart any nefarious plans by militant outfits.

“Challenges are there. We have to accept that it is a reality. The threat is there. Anything that threatens the security of the country is taken seriously and the Home Ministry’s mandate is to provide security to the people and the country,” he said.

Riju, however, termed the incidents of the hoisting of the ISIS flag in Jammu & Kashmir as sporadic. “These were isolated cases and not spread across the state or the country,” he said.

The government is also monitoring web portals to curb any efforts by the outfits to spread their ideologies.