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Biggest security challenge for India: IS presence in 11 states, including Kerala

New Delhi: In a shocking revelation, the Centre on Tuesday said that ISIS is active in 11 states, including Kerala. The government said it has received clear evidence from an investigation by the National Investigation Agency.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered 17 cases related to the presence of IS in Southern States of Telangana, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and arrested 122 accused persons.  Islamic State/ Islamic State of Iraq and Levant/ Islamic  State  of  Iraq and Syria/ Daish/ Islamic State  in Khorasan  Province  (ISKP)/ ISIS Wilayat Khorasan/ Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham-Khorasan (ISIS-K) and all its manifestations have been notified as Terrorist Organization and included in the First Schedule to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 by the Central Government.  IS is using various internet based social media platforms to propagate its ideology.  Cyber space is being closely watched in this regard by the agencies concerned and action is taken as per law.

bha.Investigations by the National Investigation Agency (NIA)  have revealed that the IS is most active in Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

The Centre stated that the presence of ISIS in these states poses a major threat to national security.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs  G. Kishan Reddy in a written reply to question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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