New Delhi: While the government may be saying that India does not face an imminent threat from the dreaded terrorist outfit ISIS, a report on Tuesday presented some really worrisome picture.
According to a report published in 'The Times of India', a significant number of youth across the country are following activities of ISIS on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Interestingly, while one would think that the largest chunk of internet followers related to ISIS would originate from urban areas, the report states that the maximum users are from smaller cities like Unnao, Srinagar, Guwahati, Chinchwad and Howrah.
According to the newspaper, the study is based on the findings of a national survey by an intelligence agency.
Mumbai ranks fifth amongst the top ranking cities generating interest in the terror outfit via the Internet.
While Srinagar tops the list amongst the Internet users browsing for ISIS content, Guwahati, Chinchwad (a suburb of Pune) and Howrah command the second, third, and fourth position respectively.
The findings were discussed in a meeting of chief secretaries and DGPs of 12 states convened by the Union Home Ministry recently.
In July, an investigative story published by the USA Today said the ISIS is preparing to attack India to provoke an Armageddon-like confrontation with the US, according to an internal recruitment document of the feared group which also seeks to unite the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban into a single army of terror.
"The document warns that 'preparations' for an attack in India are underway and predicts that an attack will provoke an apocalyptic confrontation with America," the report said.
"Even if the US tries to attack with all its allies, which undoubtedly it will, the ummah (Muslims) will be united, resulting in the final battle," it added.