Our agen­cies have foiled all plans by ISIS: Ra­j­nath

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Not­ing that In­dia is not “un­af­fected” by global ter­ror­ism, Union Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh on Mon­day said the coun­try’s in­tel­li­gence and se­cu­rity agen­cies have so far foiled all ne­far­i­ous plans of ter­ror group ISIS.

The next five years would be cru­cial for re­solv­ing chal­lenges re­lated to ter­ror­ism and com­mu­nal­ism, es­pe­cially in Jammu and Kash­mir, the north­east and the left-wing ex­trem­ism- af­fected ar­eas, he said while ad­dress­ing IPS pro­ba­tion­ers at the Sar­dar Val­lab­hb­hai Pa­tel Na­tional Po­lice Academy (NPA) here.

The grad­u­at­ing cadets should take a vow to erad­i­cate such prob­lems, Singh said. “To­day, the world is en­gulfed by the fear of ter­ror­ism and rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion. Out­fits such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda are killing in­no­cent peo­ple across the globe and there is a threat from nu­clear arms. Peo­ple are fac­ing is­sues of cyber at­tacks.

Th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions are con­tin­u­ously com­ing out with newer ideas,” the Union min­is­ter said.

“ISIS has been suc­cess­ful in spread­ing its net­work in some parts of the world. ISIS- re­lated net­works are us­ing newer ways (to spread their net­work). Our coun­try is not un­af­fected by th­ese de­vel­op­ments. Our neigh­bour­ing coun­try is har­bour­ing and aid­ing ter­ror­ism which has be­come an ad­di­tional chal­lenge,” Singh said.

“But our in­tel­li­gence and se­cu­rity agen­cies have thwarted and suc­ceeded against all at­tempts by such forces (to carry out ter­ror­ist at­tacks or other kinds of dis­rup­tion),” he said.

He also flagged the men­ace of fake news and at­tempts to spread rad­i­cal ide­ol­ogy through the In­ter­net.

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