[caption id="attachment_89783" align="aligncenter" width="700"] NSA Ajit Doval discussed threadbare the emergence of ISIS flag in Kashmir during high level security meet in Srinagar (Imaging: Shivam Agrawal)[/caption]
The emergence of the Islamic State (ISIS) flags in Kashmir and reports of terror group's influence increasing in many parts of the country has forced New Delhi to sit up and take not just notice, but National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval has now decided to call a high-level security meeting of 10 states to discuss the 'silent' threat.
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Top sources privy to the developments told focusnews.com that Doval's two days Kashmir trip this week was where the red flag was raised on ISIS emerging the first step in this regard, where he discussed the increasing influence of ISIS in Kashmir as well as across pockets in the country. The waving of ISIS flags during the protest rallies in Jammu and Kashmir was also being touted as a precursor to the group's gaining strength in the valley.
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A top cop in Jammu and Kashmir Police said that Doval discussed ISIS at length during the high level security meet and directed the authorities to keep tight vigil on the situation, as terror group may try to use the troubled situation to build their base in Srinagar.
"ISIS can't be allowed here" Doval told people present in the meeting.
Doval was sent by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kashmir to analyse the situation, before actually calling the meeting, which is likely to be held next week in the Indian capital.
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The meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Besides the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Doval, top level representatives of 10 states including Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, which is reportedly witnessing revival of Khalistan Movement, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and the North-East Indian states, will be present.
Jammu and Kashmir will be the topping the agenda, where waving of ISIS flags during protests have become a common sight.
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Union home secretary LC Goyal had already entrusted this task to special secretary (internal security) Ashok Prasad, who happens to be the former top cop of the state. Besides Prasad, the former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director, Asif Ibrahim, known for his works on “de-radicalisation” is also expected to visit Kashmir in few days.
Sources also confirmed that Union Home Ministry too has expressed concern over the growing sympathizers for the 'world's deadliest terror group' and is chalking out a counter strategy.
Though intelligence agencies had been maintaining that Indians are not directly involved with ISIS, the arrest of Mehdi Masroor Biswas in Bangalore and an instance of a young man wearing an ISIS tee in Tamil Nadu has changed their views.
Recent reports suggest that few Indians have also joined the group in Iraq and Syria.