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Radicalised Indian youth

Sat 23 Jan 2016, 19:02:24
roping in the moulvis as well as parents of the children for noticing tell-tale changes in their wardsThe strategy has evolved from the time when 15 youngsters including a girl from Telangana were picked up while on their way to the Indo-Bangladesh border to join the ranks of Islamic State terrorists in September 2014. Instead of naming, shaming and outing them, the State Government took a nuanced approach. Prior to these arrests, an edgy police machinery even shooed away the vendors at the entrance of the annual carnival: Numaish. In the run-up to Republic Day, it was not just a routine alert that was in place in Hyderabad. The Police Commissioner issued orders saying: “No organisation or individual will be allowed to launch unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned aerial survey (UAS), etc.” The arrest of the four men has hopefully nipped this terror bid in the bud. Tolichowki, Langer Houz and Masab Tank are not exactly the Old City in Hyderabad. But on Friday, just before the Jumma Namaz, the police picked up four men from these parts of the city. They are on the hunt for one more person. Part of the nationwide swoop after National Intelligence Agency picked up chatter and busted an attack module, the arrests of these men appear like a setback for the State’s counter-terror strategy. Ironically, the three men had no concrete plan beyond reaching Kashmir and networking with the local terrorists there before heading for the battlefields of Iraq and Syria. It didn’t help that two of them happened to be a SIMI leader Syed Salahuddin’s nephews and were part of the first batch picked up near Kolkata while trying to go to Iraq. In the first instance,
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