Islamic State unable to establish hold in India, 90 ISIS sympathisers arrested: Rajnath Singh

Singh also spoke on the Islamic State threat looming over the Indian soil. "Despite having a large Muslim population, Islamic State has been unable to establish a hold in India. More than 90 Islamic State sympathisers have been arrested," he said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 3, 2017 12:51 pm
rajnath singh, kashmir, jammu kashmir, rajnath singh islamic state, india news Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also said that the Narendra Modi government had worked towards countering left wing extremism (Source: PTI Photo/File)

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that the government has been successful in countering the challenges posed by the Islamic State terrorist group. Despite having a large Muslim population, Islamic State has been unable to establish a hold in India, he added.

“More than 90 ISIS sympathisers have been arrested,” Singh said at a press conference in New Delhi marking three years of the government. He added that the security situation in the country has improved in the last three years.

With regard to Kashmir, the home minister said 368 militants were neutralised between 2014-2017 as opposed to 239 militants between 2011-2013 under the earlier UPA government.

“We will solve the Kashmir problem by taking the people in confidence. Under Udaan scheme in Kashmir, 1912 youths had been trained and 1519 employed from 2011-14. Our government gave training to 20, 324 youths and employed 13, 117.” He also spoke of the Rs 2,000 crore package granted by the Central government to refugees from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.

Singh also said the number of deaths due to violence had reduced in the past three years of the Modi government.

“Only two incidents of blasts have been reported in hinterland in past three years at Gurdaspur and Pathankot. There has been 25 per cent decline in number of incidents and 40 per cent decline in deaths in violence cases,” he said. Singh also claimed that infiltration from Pakistan had gone down by 45 per cent in the last six months following the surgical strikes as compared to corresponding period previous year.

The 65-year-old leader also said there had been “improvement” in tackling left-wing extremism and the North East situation.

“There has been a 65 per cent increase in elimination of Left Wing Extremists and 185 per cent increase in their surrender.”  He also stated that 2187 mobile towers had been installed in areas rife with left extremism to provide connectivity in the region. 911 NDFB-S militants had been arrested and 52 killed in operations by Special Forces in North East, the Home Minister said.

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  1. R
    Jun 3, 2017 at 5:26 pm
    Looks like sensors embedded in rs 2000 note is working...
    1. G
      Jun 3, 2017 at 4:47 pm
      Make it 900.
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        Shamsul Islam
        Jun 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm
        Heartiest greetings to our HM for not letting Islam-o-fascists spread their tentacles in India. He also must inform the nation, how many terrorists who have been lynching, maiming and robbing Indians in the name of cow have been arrested and punished. He also needs to let the nation know how many of the Hindutva terrorists who who were arrested for bomb-blasts in different parts of the country have been released.
        1. R
          Jun 3, 2017 at 5:25 pm
          To know the reason cull a calf in hindu majority area....amen
        2. d
          Jun 3, 2017 at 2:39 pm
          This is all rubbish, why keep art 370.
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            l s
            Jun 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm
            Why is our govt holding terrorists ????? Take them in the deep jungles and finish them all and dump them in a large common under-ground place. No information to be leaked. If govt goes soft on these , then in a short time. it will have to pay a very heavy price, for they will 100 go back to terrorism. Finish them before they finish our jawans.
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              George Cruz
              Jun 3, 2017 at 1:59 pm
              The next for the BJP would be to s-c-r-a-p the article 370 ill-conceived by the Muslim leaders like Nehru/Abdullah to gobble the J&K exclusively for Muslims. The truth is that the J&K never belonged to Muslims because there was practically NO ISLAM in the entire Indian subcontinent till the arrival to brutal/illiterate Turkish invaders in the early 1100s. The Indian citizens will never allow nor accept an Islamic Caliphate in the J&K because India has suffered already the terror/kil by the Kashmir separatist terrorists aided by the Islamic Caliphate carved out of greater India Pak in 1947.
              1. H
                Jun 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm
                The ISIS is a threat to peace and those holding brief for the ISIS are losers who want to find relevance by joining the ISIS.All social media platforms must be monitered to snuff out any threat.Those getting carried away with the ISIS propo a are no innocents.
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                  Prof S C Tewari
                  Jun 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm
                  well done job by BJP party and its able honest leaders unlike Congress and CPI.
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