Pune teen ‘influenced’ by IS operatives held in Delhi

Author: Rishabh Gupta

New Delhi: A teenage girl from Pune, who was allegedly radicalized by online operatives of the Islamic State and then “de-radicalised” through counseling two years ago, has once again been influenced by the terror propaganda of IS operatives on social media, according to the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS). The girl had been provided counseling by the ATS in December 2015 after it was revealed that “she had decided to go to Syria” to join the IS.The girl, now 17, was nabbed in Delhi by investigative agencies a couple of days ago. After questioning her, the investigators handed the girl back to her family, but cautioned them that she had been high “

The girl, now 17, was nabbed in Delhi by investigative agencies a couple of days ago. After questioning her, the investigators handed the girl back to her family, but cautioned them that she had been highly “radicalized” and needed counseling by experienced Islamic scholars for “de-radicalisation”.

Investigators suspect that the girl traveled to Delhi from Pune without informing her family, and she was planning to meet some persons in Jammu and Kashmir. The probe agencies are now trying to ascertain who the teenager was in touch with on social networking sites and whether any online terror handlers were trying to indoctrinate her, to make her leave India and join the IS.

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