Home Ministry denies Islamic State presence in J&K

  • Home Ministry denies Islamic State presence in J&K

Home Ministry denies Islamic State presence in J&K

The Islamic State on Monday took the responsibility for attack on a police post and killing a policemen in Soura area of Srinagar.

DGP Vaid had earlier been quoted by a TV news channel as saying that it is now clear that the attack was carried out by ISIS and admitted "it is indeed a worrying sign". The militants escaped with his rifle.

The central government has denied the presence of Islamic State in Jammu and Kashmir. ISIS flags have occasionally surfaced in the valley, especially at the funeral of slain terrorists. The agencies have been able to successfully thwart any attempt made by the ISIS to set up shop in the Valley.

People of Kashmir will be vigilant enough to not allow it to become another Syria, he added.

"Assassinated an element of police in firing near city of Srinagar in Kashmir yesterday", Al Amaq News Agency of the IS has claimed. The police have been dismissive of such claims, terming them propaganda.

The DGP said there is possibility that a person may have got influenced by their ideology on social media and resorted to this kind of thing as is the case with Zakir Musa, who claims to be representing Al Qaeda in Kashmir.

More than 90 Indian Muslims have been arrested and are on trial for alleged links with IS.

Despite this, there seems to be confusion in the security establishment whether the IS is indeed responsible for the attack.

The Jammu and Kashmir police chief said that as of now, there was nothing visible on the ground suggesting a major ISIS presence in Kashmir. "It does not exist in the Valley".

"Despite having a large Muslim population, Islamic State has been unable to establish a hold in India", Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in November.

"It is not surprising that the global terror module has somehow established a foothold in Kashmir, considering that radicalization is rampant in the Muslim-majority region", retired Maj. "Our forces need to be extremely alert and ensure that operatives of this group are eliminated before it is too late", he said. "I do not know about this claim", Director General of Police, SP Vaid told DNA. "That in turn has the potential to complicate Valley's security situation", said Sameer Patil, a security analyst at Gateway House, a Mumbai-based foreign policy think-tank.