Indian minorities discouraging ISIS, ‘negligible’ support from youth: Rajnath Singh

"We are very much concerned about the activities of ISIS. We are taking all steps to contain it," he said.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: December 16, 2014 2:54 pm
Home Minister Rajnath Singh Home Minister Rajnath Singh

There is “negligible” support from Indian youth for ISIS, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday giving credit to families from minority communities for discouraging their children from getting influenced by the terror group.

Singh also assured the Lok Sabha that no innocent person from minority community would be taken into custody with regard to suspected terror activities and if there are such instances, these can be brought to his notice.

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“Minority communities of our country are discouraging this… Parents are discouraging their children (from coming under influence of radicalism). I appreciate it,” Singh said during Question Hour amid thumping of desks by members.

Further, he said that minorities in many countries are encouraging ISIS.

Singh made the remarks while responding to queries about the threat of ISIS in India and steps taken by the government in this regard.

It is a fact that some of our youth followed ISIS but it is “negligible”, the Minister said.

Noting that the government took cognisance immediately after ISIS activities began to spread in different parts of the world, Singh ISIS has been prohibited.

“We are very much concerned about the activities of ISIS… We are taking all steps to contain it,” he said.

Besides, the government assured the House there is not much to worry about the prevailing situation.

Responding to a query on ISIS influence in India, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the matter is “very, very sensitive” and the details cannot be discussed in the House”.

“There is nothing much to worry… We need not very much worry about the prevailing situation,” he noted.

A series of actions are being taken by the government including augmenting capacity of NSG and tightening of immigration control, among others.

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  1. A
    Dec 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm
    Because this is potentially a national security issue, not a mere law and order issue.
    1. S
      Dec 16, 2014 at 6:20 pm
      if india is real serious in this matter than it should stop VHP BAJARANG DAL and RSS to stop provocating statements against muslims because enemies of our country will take full advantage of it
      1. Ashok Sridharan
        Dec 16, 2014 at 10:35 am
        Considering that law and order is a state subject, I'm not sure if the Home Minister really is in a position to give to any urances, except perhaps on behalf of BJP rules states
        1. Y
          Dec 16, 2014 at 10:46 am
          I laud the HM for saying this, i have some muslim friends and they are very much peace loving and patriotic. The route to greatness for India is to cultivate the feeling of Oneness! spread and Inculcate Indian Values to all!