ISIS recruits background in India...YAIS suspects had formal schooling’
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI: JANUARY 20, 2017 00:00 IST
UPDATED: JANUARY 20, 2017 04:25 IST
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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Thursday that 80% of the persons arrested for alleged links to the Islamic State (IS) went to formal schools and only 20% had studied at madrasas (Islamic seminaries).
In one of the biggest crackdown in 2016, NIA arrested 52 persons
for allegedly plotting terror attacks and being part of the banned outfit.NIA said nearly half of the suspects were followers of Ahle Hadith (or Salafis/Wahabis who follow the puritan form of Islam promoted by Saudi Arabia) and 30% followed Tablighi Jamaat (Sunni Islamic movement). Only 20% were Deobandis (Islamic school based in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh) and none of them was from the Barelvi sect.
The NIA also said that 47 of the accused were from the Sunni sect of Islam and five had converted from Hinduism and Christianity.
Elaborating, an NIA official said four persons converted from Christianity to Islam and one converted from Hinduism to join the Islamic State.
All the five accused belong to Kochi in Kerala.
Twenty-eight of the 52 arrested persons were aged between 18 and 25, twenty were in the 25-40 age bracket and four were aged 40 and above.
An analysis of their educational qualification indicated that 20 were graduates and had professional degrees, 12 were diploma holders, 13 had done their matriculation, four studied till the senior secondary level and three were post graduates.
Thirty were from the middle income group, nine from upper middle income group and 13 from the lower income group.
The highest number — twelve each — belonged to Maharashtra and Telangana. Eleven were from Kerala, five from Karnataka, four from Uttar Pradesh, two from Rajasthan, three from Tamil Nadu and one each from Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.
Of the 52 persons arrested for plotting terror attacks, only 20% had studied at madrasas, says NIA