Search for ISIS ‘supporters’ in Kashmir starts

KL Desk

SRINAGAR

A massive search has been launched in Jammu and Kashmir to identify the source of banners and flags of militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that have appeared at three different rallies in the state in the last two months.

“Although we aren’t yet clear who is behind it, we are concerned about where these are originating from and how these banners and flags have reached J&K,” NDTV has quoted a senior official at the Ministry of Home Affairs as saying.

Security agencies are understood to have drawn up a list of about 50 possible suspects. “We are still in the process of verifying their antecedents,” NDTV added while quoting the official.

The first reported sighting of ISIS flags and banners in Kashmir was on June 27, intelligence agency sources said. This was followed by two more incidents on the day of Eid.

Commentators and analysts here believe that the local people are in fact trying to give vent to their “anger against India”. “That is why they sometimes take cover of ISIS flags,” they said adding “recently, people especially youth hold powerful rallies against Israeli aggression in Gaza, but shouted anti-India slogans as well.”

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