Your support needed to curb terror activities: ATS chief
“Building base in India will not be possible for the Islamic State (IS) as they have done in some other countries,” said Vivek Phansalkar, chief of Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad at Cidco Exhibition Centre, Vashi, on Saturday.
“The reason is our patriotic minority communities. The members of these communities will never allow any antisocial element to work against the interests of the country,” he said at the closing ceremony of anti-terrorism week organised by the Navi Mumbai police.
Saying that IS has become a serious issue and it has impacted India, Phansalkar said: “For example, four youth from Kalyan went to join the IS in 2014. Some youth from other parts of the country have also done the same. So we will have to ensure that the terrorists cannot indoctrinate youth online and invite to join them.”
Phansalkar said the police alone cannot stop terrorism. “Cooperation of each and every resident of our society will play a vital role in it. If anyone spots suspicious things or suspicious people, they should inform the police,” he said.
Navi Mumbai police commissioner Prabhat Ranjan said, “Every citizen should think that he or she is policeman in civil dress.”
Shahaji Umap, deputy commissioner of police ( zone 1) said, “Our main objective is to create awareness about terrorism among the people, so that they can inform us if they find something amiss in their neighbourhood or workplace.”