Govt Plan to Check Radicalization of Kashmiri Youth

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NEW DELHI:  Alarmed by reports of growing radicalisation of Kashmiri youth, the government would soon chalk out a plan to thwart the designs of terror groups like ISIS to swell their ranks by indoctrinating them to choose the path of militancy.

In an internal communication, Home Secretary L C Goyal has entrusted this task to Special Secretary (Internal Security) Ashok Prasad, who has served as Director General of Police in the state.

The Home Secretary has asked for an urgent plan to prevent such radicalisation in the state.

The move comes after central security agencies have red flagged increasing radicalisation of the youth manifested in frequent waving of Pakistani and ISIS flags during demonstrations in the Valley.

The government may also rope in former Intelligence Bureau Director Asif Ibrahim, who was recently appointed Special Envoy for Counter Terrorism and Extremism.

His work on de-radicalisation has been appreciated by international security agencies and his experience may come handy for the government, the sources said.

Reports said pro-militant slogans have reappeared on walls in the Kashmir valley and small religious gatherings exhorting people to join militancy are taking place with greater frequency.

According to sources, fear is palpable with fresh diktats commanding people not to watch TV and warning women not to venture out without a veil emerging on the streets quite often.

Such diktats bear a striking similarity to the ones imposed by the Taliban in Afghanistan and ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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