DGP says youth being radicalised, rules out large presence of IS in Kashmir

Director General of Police (DGP), Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbagh Singh on Wednesday ruled out any large presence of Islamic State (IS) group in Kashmir, but claimed that the youth were being ‘radicalised’ through its ideology.

“In the past also, carrying those (IS) flags and displaying them publicly to show that there is a very large presence of such elements…we would again say that presence (of IS) is not that big but the fact that people are being radicalised on those lines that can’t be denied,” Singh said while addressing a news conference in Srinagar.

He said that some elements were making serious efforts to radicalise a section of the youth “to the extent possible”.

“Kashmir civil society has been as such been an open society, a very secular kind of culture where we extend due respect to our places of worship. Such efforts had been made at various quarters and their expression has been seen in the kind of activities we saw other day (at Jamia Masjid),” said Singh.


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