Karnataka home minister Basavaraj Bommai(File photo)
BENGALURU: Karnataka, taking serious cognizance of the United Nations (UN) report on Islamic State agents emerging in high numbers from the state and neighbouring Kerala, has said it has stepped up its vigilance of terror outfits and its sympathisers.
Reacting to the report, home minister Basavaraj Bommai told TOI: “Karnataka is in constant touch with central agencies and neighbouring state (Kerala) home department. We are keeping a strict vigil on terrorists and their sympathisers in the state. Further, the state is also strengthening its internal security mechanism after reports started emerging of a lot of ISIL members being recruited from here.”
Bommai added that primarily most of the UN observations on Karnataka was based the state’s action against terrorism.
“The paragraphs pertaining to Karnataka are based on our operations in the last two years. One was the Al-Hind module which was busted in January 2020 and another terrier outfit cell which was nabbed in 2018-2019. Both the cases are now vested with the National Investigation Agency (NIA),” he said.
The home minister added that Karnataka is also strengthening its communication network with the central investigation agencies and other state investigating departments.
“In fact the functioning of terror organisations in southern states was discussed in the director general (DG) conferences of the southern states. We are in hot pursuit of all the terror groups operating in the south,” he said.
The UN in its 26th report on analytical support and sanctions monitoring team concerning ISIS, al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities had mentioned a member state’s account that the IS Indian affiliate (Wilayah Hind) has “significant numbers of ISIL operatives in Kerala and Karnataka.”
The numbers from India were placed between 150 and 200 with most from the two southern states.