MHA’s decision to sanction NIA branch in Chennai is perfect answer to fighting radicalisation in TN

New Delhi, Sep 29: In an important move, the Ministry of Home Affairs sanctioned three additional branches of the National Investigation Agency. The branches were sanctioned at Chennai, Imphal and Ranchi. 

The NIA has its branches also at Guwahati, Mumbai, Jammu, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kochi, Lucknow, Raipur and Chandigarh. This decision of GoI will help in ensuring quick response to any emergent situation in the concerned States by the premier anti-terror investigation agency of the country. It will strengthen NIA’s capability in investigation of terrorism-related cases and other national security related matters. It will also facilitate timely collection of crucial information and evidence related to such offences, the NIA said in a note. 

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Bengal-Kerala Al-Qaeda module opened madrasa to radicalise Muslim youth

New Delhi, Sep 25: The Al-Qaeda module which was busted by the National Investigation Agency had opened a madrasa, which was used to radicalise the Muslim youth in Kerala.

During the interrogation, Al Mamum Kamal, one of the accused in the case told investigators that a madrasa had been opened up and he had also raised funds for this purpose. He said that the madrasa was opened in Murshidabad and he wanted to radicalise the youth there.

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Zakir Naik wants Indian Muslims to migrate to Kerala, a state he mastered in radicalising

zakirnaikNew Delhi, Aug 24: Controversial Islamic preacher, Dr. Zakir Naik is back in the news and this time it is for the advise he has been offering Indian Muslims. He says that Indian Muslims cannot practice their faith, they should do Hijira.

If you have the means to go to a Muslim majority country that would be the best he said while adding that he did expect that all Indian Muslims would leave the country.

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Deep penetration, more resistance: Understanding structure of terror group TRF

terroristNew Delhi, May 14: The Resistance Front (TRF) a new terror group in Jammu and Kashmir which was launched recently mainly aims at radicalisation and recruitments for the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

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Recent ISIS arrests are just a ‘needle in South India’s jihadi haystack’

isis-mn1While our attention was diverted toward terrorism in Kashmir and away from homegrown terrorism down south, intelligence agencies have now turned their heads towards the region which needs a lot of effort to counter the radicalisation that has spread. Counter-terrorism expert Animesh Roul explains how one should go about it?

There have been a series of raids in the past couple of months in South India. The raids are largely focused on the Islamic State and the deep infestation of radicalisation in South India.

The National Investigation Agency has learnt that the ISIS has been teaming up smaller radical groups in South India to expand its base. To discuss this issue further, we caught up with counter-terrorism expert, Animesh Roul from the New Delhi based policy research group Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict.

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Poverty, radicalisation not connected: Gen Rawat makes bold statement for good reason

bipin-rawat-mnChief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat’s statement of having de-radicalisation camps has garnered a lot of attention. Though a section of media chose to criticise Gen Rawat, we take a look at the need to make such strong efforts to curb terrorism

India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat made a strong statement when he spoke about de-radicalisation camps.

He said that those radicalised can be isolated in a gradual manner. However, there are people who have been completely radicalised, General Rawat said at the Raisina Dialogue 2020.

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EU-India workshop identifies challenges ahead in fighting radicalisation

India-EUNew Delhi, Dec 05: The 2nd regional EU-India Counter Terrorism workshop on “Investigating ISIS networks” was organised by the European Union (EU) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from 3-4 December in New Delhi.

The two-day workshop was part of the EU and India efforts to further strengthen collaboration between both sides to counter terrorism and radicalisation, following the mandate which was agreed at the 2017 India-EU summit. (Joint Statement on Cooperation in Combating Terrorism).

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Tamil Nadu is soon beating Kerala in terms of a highly radicalised state

tamilnadu-radicalisationNew Delhi, Dec 01: Raids by the National Investigation Agency continued in Tamil Nadu in connection with the Islamic State related case.

The raids were conducted in Thanjavur district and Tiruchirapalli city of Tamil Nadu based on warrants issued by NIA Special Court, Ernakulam.

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Caliphate the real destination for Muslims: Radicalisation in Kerala more dangerous than Kashmir

abhinav-pandya-mnIn an interview with Abhinav Pandya, author of “Radicalisation in India-An Exploration,” Vicky Nanjappa travels down the path to South India to understand the challenges that radicalisation poses in Kerala

Radicalisation is one of India’s major concerns. Kerala and Kashmir face this problem the most and the fight ahead is an extremely crucial one.

In this context an in-depth and interesting book, “Radicalisation in India-An Exploration,” has hit the stands. The book authored by Abhinav Pandya, a Cornell University graduate in public affairs, who also writes for India’s premier think-tank Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) is extremely well researched. It goes into the most intricate details of radicalisation especially in the state of Kerala and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Radicalisation in India, An Exploration: Where the author asks bold questions

radicalisation-abhinav-pandyaNew Delhi, Nov 18: Radicalisation in India has been a key concern. The agencies, the government have rated this as one of the top problems. The trend normally has been to view terrorism as a multi casual event.

However, after 9/11, radicalisation, i.e. the belief in an extremist political or religious ideology has attracted the attention of counter-terrorism community across the world as one of the necessary causal factors of terrorism.

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