ISIS failed in India despite large Muslim population, says HM

NEW DELHI
3 Jun 2017

Terror outfit ISIS had not been able to set foot in India despite the presence of the world's second largest Muslim population, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said today.

Barring two terror attacks in Punjab in 2015-16, the security situation in the country had by and large remained under control, the minister said at a press conference on three years of the Narendra Modi-led Union government. More than 90 sympathisers of ISIS had been arrested due to better coordination between state and central security agencies. Five terrorists of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) group were given capital punishment as part of the government's focused efforts to check terrorism, Singh said.

"The home ministry has a major responsibility to provide security to the country. I can say that we have together by and large provided security to the country. "India is the second largest country as far as Muslim population in the world is concerned. I can say with full responsibility that despite such a large population (of Muslims), the ISIS has not been able to set foot," the minister stated said. The ISIS and the Ansar-ul-Ummah, frontal organisation of the Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Mujahideen group, have been included in the list of banned terrorist organisations in order to check terrorism.

"There is improvement in the security situation in the country. We have been successful in countering the challenges posed by the ISIS," Singh said.