Kolkata: Unemployed youths preferably from Muslim community are being roped in by handlers of terror groups like ISIS and JMB to expand their networks in border districts of West Bengal, reported Central intelligence agency. Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has been targeting unemployed youth and ISIS too could be following its tactics. The militant organization has spread the net all over the India.
Earlier, ISIS Militant Musa was arrested from Birbhum. Central Intelligence Agencies are worried about ISIS movement in Bengal’s border area and in this context they have sought report from State Nabanna. The state government was requested to tell what steps are being taken to stop ISIS spread.
In 2016, nearly 2000 minority youths from Bengal went to the Middle East seeking for job. Many of them did not return. Why did they go abroad and why did not they return? These two questions created suspense in this alleged ISIS spread in West Bengal. Intel thought that they joined the ISIS group in Syria. There is a tendency in Bengal also in India to go to Dubai and Middle East for job purpose. They think these places are better for money income.
The Intel are worried that many people are going to enlist themselves in ISIS on Syria due to radicalisation through social media. Social Media is another main factor behind these spread in West Bengal. It has already been known that several youths from Kerala, Mumbai and Pune have joined the IS.
In fact, NIA in its supplementary chargesheet in connection with the Khagragarh blast had claimed that JMB had been recruiting youths from the border districts of West Bengal.
“Unemployed youths are the main targets of terror groups. JMB had been doing that and the ISIS has started the same process,” an official said adding that this fact has again got a confirmation during the grilling of Musiruddin, who was part of the recruitment network.
Another tactics also worry intelligence agencies that how could someone with no criminal records but some education, join ISIS. Youths are told that they do not need to come to Syria to join the war actively but can initiate their own jihad from their native places.
Central intelligence agencies believed that after the return from Syria, these misguided youths can cause sabotage in this country. The dreaded global terror network started making its inflammatory speeches available in West Bengal in 2015. Over the last year, there have been repeated seizures of IS posters in the bordering villages of Nadia, Malda and Murshidabad.
Now it’s time to see whether the West Bengal government joins hand with intelligence agency to curb the ISIS menace.