Meerut: Days after India's terror combat force, the National Security Guard (NSG), warned of a joint attack by al Qaeda and Islamic State militants on New Delhi, students from Gulf countries and Afghanistan studying in Noida and Ghaziabad institutes have been put under scanner.
According to The Times of India, Meerut divisional commissioner Alok Sinha on Sunday asked the district magistrates and senior superintendents of police of the six districts under the division to keep an eye on students from Gulf countries and Afghanistan who are studying at professional institutions in Noida, Ghaziabad and Meerut.
The report further quoted Sinha as saying: “Intelligence reports suggest that these students, as also Indian students, may be in touch with Islamic State terrorists.”
Sinha also asked officials to look out for the "newly rich" students, particularly those spending more than what their families earn, as per the news report.
In a letter to the District Magistrates and senior superintendent of police (SSPs) of Meerut, Bulandshahr, Baghpat, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Hapur and Ghaziabad, Sinha wrote, “IS is recruiting educated young blood who are getting involved into anti-national activities through internet. In rural areas, the young generation easily gets involved into such activities due to religious frenzy.”
Furthermore, the commissioner has also asked officials to prepare a list of all the cyber cafes running in these districts and track suspicious people frequenting them.
Recently, a top Army commander in Kashmir had expressed concern about the recent display of ISIS flags in Srinagar. The flags and banners of the banned outfit had appeared at least four times in the Valley on various occasions.