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No trace of ISIS in Assam, claims police chief

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GUWAHATI, Sept 29 - Assam, in the recent times, has witnessed highest internet surfing relating to information on the ISIS although no traces of this Islamic fundamentalist group have yet been detected in the State.

This was disclosed by Director General of Assam Police Khagen Sharma at a press conference here this afternoon.

�In terms of searching about the ISIS on the internet, the State has registered traffic more than even Jammu and Kashmir. A lot of interest has been generated and the curiosity seems to be more in this part,� Sharma said.

He, however, categorically stated that there are no known active members or modules of the ISIS in the State.

The Assam Police chief further stated that the general tactic of the religious fundamentalist militant groups has been to organize itself over a long period of time and strike at a later stage.

Replying to a question, he said that both Islamic as well as Hindu fundamentalist groups are there in the State, but they have not been able to trigger acts of violence.

While referring to the arrests of JMB elements in the State in the recent past, Sharma said, �These groups take some time before they opt to strike unlike the local ethnic militant groups, which have an immediate agenda of revenge and carry out violence to register their presence.�

He admitted that threat from the fundamentalist organizations was increasing in the State and asserted that it was due to the intensified vigil that the security personnel were able to bust training camps of the JMB and arrest its cadres from Chirang.�

On the nexus between the fundamentalist groups and local militant groups, the DGP said logistics support was extended to each other, but there was no �operational nexus� between these groups.

Although he said that it was difficult to divulge the exact number of the fundamentalist group members active in the State, recruitment or indoctrination is on. He said boys aged between 10 to 15 years are seen to be preferred by the militants as they can be easily indoctrinated and can also serve as suicide squads.

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No trace of ISIS in Assam, claims police chief

GUWAHATI, Sept 29 - Assam, in the recent times, has witnessed highest internet surfing relating to information on the ISIS although no traces of this Islamic fundamentalist group have yet been detected in the State.

This was disclosed by Director General of Assam Police Khagen Sharma at a press conference here this afternoon.

�In terms of searching about the ISIS on the internet, the State has registered traffic more than even Jammu and Kashmir. A lot of interest has been generated and the curiosity seems to be more in this part,� Sharma said.

He, however, categorically stated that there are no known active members or modules of the ISIS in the State.

The Assam Police chief further stated that the general tactic of the religious fundamentalist militant groups has been to organize itself over a long period of time and strike at a later stage.

Replying to a question, he said that both Islamic as well as Hindu fundamentalist groups are there in the State, but they have not been able to trigger acts of violence.

While referring to the arrests of JMB elements in the State in the recent past, Sharma said, �These groups take some time before they opt to strike unlike the local ethnic militant groups, which have an immediate agenda of revenge and carry out violence to register their presence.�

He admitted that threat from the fundamentalist organizations was increasing in the State and asserted that it was due to the intensified vigil that the security personnel were able to bust training camps of the JMB and arrest its cadres from Chirang.�

On the nexus between the fundamentalist groups and local militant groups, the DGP said logistics support was extended to each other, but there was no �operational nexus� between these groups.

Although he said that it was difficult to divulge the exact number of the fundamentalist group members active in the State, recruitment or indoctrination is on. He said boys aged between 10 to 15 years are seen to be preferred by the militants as they can be easily indoctrinated and can also serve as suicide squads.

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