Post Paris, Home Ministry Puts Security Agencies on High Alert

Home Minister Rajnath Singh says, India is alert as ISIS is not a threat to just one particular country. 

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. (Photo: PTI)

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, the Indian government has asked its security establishment to be on high alert. Orders also ask agencies to step up protective measures at foreign missions, including that of the US and France, warning that the ISIS clearly intends to expand the area of terror.

Available inputs about ISIS activities should be immediately reviewed to identify plans, targets areas vulnerable to attack by ISIS and appropriate action is taken to neutralise potential threat if any.
Advisory by the Home Ministry

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “ISIS is not a threat for any particular country but for the entire world. India is alert about ISIS”.

In the advisory sent on Momday, the Home Ministry said the recent multiple attacks in Paris clearly indicate the intention of the outfit (ISIS) to expand the area of terror action beyond the core area of Iraq and Syria.

“It is therefore necessary that the security establishment is on high alert to prevent any untoward incident,” it said.

Accordingly, suitable preventive measures may be taken at and around foreign missions and other establishments or symbolic sites including synagogues, ‘Chabad Houses’, tourist spots and community facilities frequently visited by foreigners.

“The security arrangements for diplomatic establishments of France, USA, UK, Germany, Russia, Australia, Turkey and Israel may be particularly reviewed and strengthened,” it said.

The Home Ministry said while ISIS has not been able to establish any significant presence in India, its has been successful in radicalising some youth and attracting certain sections of local population or Indian diaspora to physically participate in its activities. It has also explored the possibility of piggy backing on terrorist groups operating in India and has opened up the possibility of ISIS sponsored terrorist action on Indian territory.

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