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Karnataka govt seeks report from DGP over UN report on IS presence in state

Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, July 27:- The Karnataka government on Sunday (July 26) directed state Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG and IGP) Praveen Sood to submit a detailed report on the internal security following the observation by the United Nations that international terrorist outfit Islamic State (IS) was active in the state.

The UN report stated that Al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent, which reportedly has between 150 and 200 members from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, was reportedly planning attacks in the region.

Reacting to the UN report, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the state government has taken a serious note of the report on the activities of IS in the state. The government is in touch with the Centre and the neighbouring states to keep a close watch on the activities of suspicious people and their supporters.

“In this context, it has been decided to strengthen the internal security of the state. The Director General of Police has been asked to submit a detailed report,” Bommai said in a release. The state is also keeping a strict vigil on all those entering Bengaluru from other states, the minister said.

He recalled that the state police had arrested several members of Al-Hind organisation in January last and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen from Bangladesh in 2018 and 2019. He added that the National Investigation Agency is investigating the case of JMB.

What the report said
The 26th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team concerning ISIS, al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities said that the al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) operates under the Taliban umbrella from Nimruz, Helmand and Kandahar provinces of Afghanistan.

According to the report, one member state reported that the ISIL Indian affiliate (Hind Wilayah), which was announced on May 10, 2019, has between 180 and 200 members. It said that there are significant numbers of ISIL operatives in Kerala and Karnataka states.

In May last year, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terror group claimed to have established a new “province” in India, the first of its kind announcement that came after clashes between militants and security forces in Kashmir.

The dreaded terror outfit, through its Amaq News Agency, had said that the Arabic name of the new branch is “Wilayah of Hind” (India Province). It also warned that there were ‘significant numbers’ of ISIS operatives in Karnataka and Kerala. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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