According to Alok Mitta, IG National Investigation Agency, out of the 127 known recruits into the ISIS from India, 33 were from Tamil Nadu. Uttar Pradesh (19), Kerala (17), Telangana (14), Maharashtra (12), Karnataka (8) and Delhi (7) were the other states to figure in this list.
Terror down south and radicalisation were subjects that were often spoken about. The agencies often complained that South India had become a ticking time bomb, but it was an issue that was never taken seriously.
However, the birth of the Islamic State changed everything and the rapid pace at which youth from South India were being roped in set the alarm bells ringing. On Monday at a conference of anti-terror teams, Alok Mitta, IG National Investigation Agency said that the highest number of recruits into the ISIS in India were from Tamil Nadu. He said that out of the 127 known recruits from India, 33 were from Tamil Nadu.