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Government tracking theological content driven Salafi, Wahabi websites

Most of these websites operate from outside the country but the agencies have noticed regular traffic on these online platforms.

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New Delhi, Jan 29 : A number of websites are under the scanner of security agencies for propagating Salafism and the ultra-conservative practice of Islam known as Wahhabism as part of what is being seen as a carefully-crafted strategy to spread radical Islam in India.

Most of these websites operate from outside the country but the agencies have noticed regular traffic on these online platforms.

These websites were flagged after they were spotted during investigations into ISIS modules operating in various parts of the country, including in Jammu and Kashmir.

Getting influenced by radical content on the Internet is often the starting point for most of those who join such modules. Ideological and theological indoctrination takes place through these websites.

One website is Ikhwanis.com which claims to spread “the other (hidden) face of the so-called Muslim Brotherhood”.

Another website, Ashabulhadith.com, carries a section on Manhaj-ul-salaf, or the belief system of Salafism. It runs an audio of religious sermons.

Salaf.com has “your starting point for Islam, Sunnah and Salafiyyah online” as the tagline.

Also under the lens is Manhaj.com which claims to explain “Quran and Sunnah according to the understanding of the pious predecessors”.

Ibntaymiyyah.com claims to clear misgivings about the much misunderstood figure Ibn Taymiyyah, who is said to have influenced Wahhabism.

In the context of Jammu and Kashmir, the security forces see radical content as part of a design by Pakistan to give religious colour to the separatist movement and alienate the people further overshadowing the moderate age-old tradition of Sufism in the region.

There have been instances where protesters have waved ISIS flags during street demonstrations in Jammu and Kashmir but these were played down by the security agencies as aberrations. Officials now claim that the situation is changing on the ground with radical elements becoming more brazen with their activities.

The extent of the problem has forced agencies to launch massive counter radicalization campaigns.

Among the states where ISIS-related cases have been reported are Kerala followed by Telangana. Security agencies are worried about the widespread nature of online radicalization of individuals.

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Pakistani prisoner killed in Jaipur Central Jail

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Jaipur, Feb 20: A Pakistani prisoner, identified as Shakar Ullah, was allegedly killed in Jaipur central jail after a quarrel with other prisoners on Wednesday.

The deceased was lodged in jail since 2011 and was undergoing life imprisonment after his conviction in a terror-related case in 2017.

The incident comes in the wake of terror attack in Pulwama last week, where at least 40 CRPF jawans were killed in a suicide bomb attack.

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Supreme Court to hear Ayodhya case on February 26

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New Delhi, Feb 20: The Supreme Court will hear the Ayodhya land dispute case on February 26 as Justice SA Bobde, who is a part of five-judge Constitution bench, has returned from leave.

Though the bench was scheduled to take up the matter on January 29, the same could not happen due to “non-availability” of Justice S A Bobde that day.

The five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will hear the appeals against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

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India, Saudi Arabia agree on need to exert pressure on countries backing terror

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New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) India and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said that there was a need to exert “all possible pressure” on countries which extend any kind of support to terror activities.

Addressing the media after delegation-level talks with visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the “barbaric terror attack” in Pulwama was another manifestation of the danger posed by terrorism to humanity.

“We agree that to deal with it effectively, there is need to put all possible pressure on countries which are giving any kind of support to terrorism,” Modi said.

He said it was extremely necessary to destroy terror infrastructure and to punish terrorists and their supporters.

Modi said there was need for an action plan to deal with extremism so that the youths were not misguided by forces linked to terror and violence.

“I am happy that Saudi Arabia and India have common thoughts on this,” he said.

Prince Mohammed said in his remarks that his country was with India on the need to curb extremism and was willing to share intelligence for this purpose.

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