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Online search for Islamic State up in Assam

DECCAN CHRONICLE | MANOJ ANAND
Published Sep 30, 2015, 11:22 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 4:03 pm IST
Data reveals that a large number of people from Assam search for IS activities
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Guwahati: Within a month after police busted a training camp of Muslim fundamentalists groups in Western Assam, the Assam director-general of police Khagen Sarma on Tuesday said that interest about IS activities was increasing in Assam.

Data reveals that a large number of people from Assam search for IS activities on Internet, Mr Sarma said and termed the trend as “more than curiosity”. He however clarified that there was no known active members or modules of IS in Assam, but the state has registered the highest Internet activity seeking information on IS.

 

He said, “From Internet hits we can say that Assam is on higher side like Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh.” He however claimed that police and many other agencies are vigilant and keeping a close watch on such activities on Internet.

Recent media reports quoting the findings of a national survey by an intelligence agency showed the second largest volume of Internet traffic related to IS was from Assam after Jammu and Kashmir.

The DGP also said that the Assam Police CID and the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) were monitoring the activities of the IS and if they have formed any cyber cells for recruitment.

NTRO is a technical intelligence agency under the National Security Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office. Mr Sarma admitted that communal riots and frequent communal disturbances would help them in strengthening their network by recruiting disgruntled elements.

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