NEW DELHI: Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi on Monday told police heads from across the country to deal with cyber security related issues on an immediate and priority basis. Particularly conveying his concern over radicalization over social media using ghost identities, he urged the use of technology to quickly identify the problem areas and timely deployment of countermeasures.  Speaking to the officials to address on concluding day of the three-day DGPs/IGPs conference, Modi suggested that counter-campaigns on social media rely on local languages for greater effectiveness.

PM Modi addressing at the annual DGPs/IGPs conference
PM Modi addressing at the annual DGPs/IGPs conference

The head of state’s call for strong action against online radicalization through use of technology and intelligence comes against the backdrop of an aggressive social media outreach by global outfits like Islamic State and Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) recently asking Kashmiris as well Muslims across the Indian sub-continent to move forward to join their jihad to secure “freedom” for Kashmir. Such type of campaigns, if can serve consistently may drive result in favor of the terror outfits by driving technology savvy youth proportion of the target demography to radicalization and eventually terrorism.

The prime minister, while commending the work done by the police forces and investigation agencies in securing the country and delivering leadership, stressed on the need for greater openness among states and timely sharing of information among them on security issues. Calling of breaking of ‘silos’, Modi reminded the police chiefs: “We are not an assembled entity, but an organic entity,”.

By analyzing radicalization on social medias, the agencies seek to assess the extent of influence that the IS/AQIS propaganda is having on Indian youth. This is to be followed by timely intervention and counter campaigning to deradicalize and also, in extreme cases, dissuade the youth from indulging in criminal activity.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh and Union ministers of state for home Hansraj Ahir and Kiren Rijiju were present on the occasion.