The students from Gulf countries and Afghanistan pursuing professional courses at institutions in Noida, Ghaziabad and Meerut are under the scanner of Indian authorities as they are suspected to have links with Islamic State terrorists.
Meerut divisional commissioner Alok Sinha wrote a letter to the district magistrates and senior superintendents of police of the six districts under Meerut division, asking them to examine all the activities of these students. The students who are "newly rich" and those who are spending beyond their families' income are also under the scanner, The Times of India reports.
The identities of all the tenants living in the six districts – Meerut, Bulandshahr, Baghpat, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Hapur and Ghaziabad – will be verified by the Station House Officers.
"IS is recruiting educated young blood who are getting involved into anti-national activities through internet. In rural areas, the young generation easily gets involved into such activities due to religious frenzy," Sinha said in the letter.
Apart from the students, the cyber cafes in all these six districts have also come under the scanner. Sinha has asked the officials to list out the cyber cafes frequented by 'suspicious' people.
The Indian authorities are taking all measures to prevent the Isis terrorists to brainwash youths and recruit them to join their fight for jihad. The social media sites are also under the vigil as Isis has been using the social media platforms to recruit the youths.
All the measures are being taken on the basis of an alert issued by the Centre to Uttar Pradesh earlier this month. The Centre had asked the UP government to take the Isis threats seriously.