Yogi Adityanath’s government came up with a new project to de-radicalise youths who have inspired to join the militancy. The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) has announced a helpline number for parents and families who think their children or relative are getting radicalised online.
The ATS has taken the initiative to help the families de-radicalise youths who have often targeted by the terror groups and they train them online to carry out terror activities.
Inspector general (IG), ATS, Asim Arun said, “We have decided to lend support to such families as a part of our de-radicalisation programme launched after the arrest of four terror suspects on April 20. These suspects had radicalised six youths from Shamli and were planning to use them for terror activities in Bijnore.”
He stated the operatives were targeting youths between 15 and 25 years old by provoking communal passions.
The IG said people may call on two helpline numbers of UP ATS; 0522-2304588 and 9792103156 and the identities of the families will be kept secret.
Mr. Arun explained the de-radicalising programme. He said the police would involve clerics to make understand the parents, family members and friends of such youths about the right perspective of religion. “They will be told that no religion talks and promotes terrorism or violence.”
“As part of the de-radicalisation programme, the police will visit the youth’s house for a week and then call him to their place for another week to maintain interaction. The frequency of meetings will be gradually reduced but will continue for at least a year.”
He said the police will remain in touch with the youth’s family and would make surprise visits to the houses of such youths.
Arun said, “We will also try to help such youths in their education and employment by recommending their names under various government schemes. The youths will be considered totally de-radicalised once they get married or employed.”
He further said, “There is no guarantee that the youths may not be radicalised again so we will keep their details with us and keep checking their activities randomly.”
According to him, the youths were being radicalised through Islamic State literature which is available online and by reminding them of the problems faced by their community.
Already the de-radicalisation process of 25 youths from various districts of Uttar Pradesh was in progress.
Arun said the youths belonged to seven districts including Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Bijnore, Lucknow, Varanasi and Muzaffarnagar.
He said the youngsters were recognised through their posts, remarks and likes on the social media. The ATS will be monitoring the online activities of the youths.
The Union Home Ministry estimated the total of 80 youths have been radicalised so far by the ISIS through social media and internet.