Kolkata: Security has been beefed up in West Bengal after the Central government issued an advisory which warns of a possible terror attack by dreaded Islamic terror outfit ISIS in the state.
On the other hand anti-terror squad of Kolkata Police on last week busted a module of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI in the heart of the city and arrested two agents, Akhtar Khan and Jaffar Khan.
The notification issued by the Home Ministry while accepting that IS threat is looming large on India said the terror group is expanding its arc beyond its core areas of Iraq and Syria. Five states and four cities are said to be on the IS radar in India. States like Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Assam are said to be on IS radar.
What is more worrisome, according to the advisory, is that the IS has been successful in radicalizing youth and attracting local population in India and Indian diasporas to physically participate in its activities.
The report further says that IS has been piggy backing on terrorist groups operating in India and that there is a high possibility of IS sponsored terror attack in the country. The Home Ministry has also asked the stated to identify neutralize threat posed by IS.
Meanwhile, the government has asked embassies of France, US, UK, Germany, Russia, Australia, Turkey and Israel to take immediate steps to beef up security in and around their installations.
Talking to reporters in Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh also accepted that threat from IS was a challenging task for the government to counter. “Not only India, the whole world in under threat from IS. It is global challenge and we have to deal with it together,” Rajnath said.