Maharashtra ATS blocks 94 sites linked to ISIS
Amid the national crackdown on terrorists and terror suspects, the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has blocked 94 websites linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the LevantS.”94 websites used to radicalise people online have been blocked. We are monitoring websites and social media sites, so that these are not mishandled. Any website used to propagate ISIS agenda is being blocked. We are trying to create an ATS website to connect with the people,” said Maharashtra ATS Chief Vivek Phansalkar.
Phansalkar further said that the Mumbai ATS is ready to combat terrorism.He added that their emphasis would be on counter radicalization as they do not want the youth to get involved in this.
Wherever needed, we take the help of the state police and ATS and this coordination will continue. We would appeal to people, if they notice elements which are suspect of doing something wrong, please report to the control rooms of the police station, we will definitely respond,” he added.
Armed with critical inputs from US Central Intelligence Agency, investigation agencies on Friday continued their crackdown against suspected Islamic State sympathisers and arrested 14 persons for allegedly plotting to launch attacks during Republic Day celebrations.
The multi-city raids that had begun on Friday across six states wound up with the arrest of Imran Mozzam Khan Pathan of Aurangabad in Maharashtra.
Speaking about the soon-to-be launched website, Mr Phansalkar said, Counter narratives is necessary and through the website, it is possible to ensure people and we will adopt such tactics to counter the increasing menace.On January 22, in a major anti-terror swoop across the country ahead of Republic Day, the NIA had taken custody 14 people suspected to be ISIS sympathisers for plotting attacks in different parts of the country.