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Police in Bengaluru want to make background check mandatory for employees of IT companies, BPOs and Startups over a fears that some of them may have terror links.Reuters File

The Bengaluru police are planning to make background checks mandatory for new recruits joining IT companies and startups in the Silicon Valley of India.

The police have reportedly been alerted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that some youths with possible terror links would try to infilitrate into IT companies and start-ups.

According to a report published in The Economic Times, the MHA has told the Bangalore police that "some engineers with terror-links" might already be working in IT companies.

Following this the intelligence wing of Bengaluru police has sent a proposal to the city police commissioner and director general of police Karnataka to make the employees' background check mandatory. 

A final approval is still awaited. In Bengaluru, background verification is mandatory only for cab drivers and school staffers at present.

Back in June, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had issued a circular asking all states to be on alert on a possible terror attack by the Islamic State (Isis). Security experts later also opined that south India could be the most likely target of the terror group.

Police in Bangalore have more reasons to fear since the alleged Isis recruiter, Mehdi Masroor Biswas, was arrested from the city. Biswas allegedly ran the terror outfit's most influential Twitter account, so there has been a cocern that an Isis terror cell could be operational in the IT capital of India.

Biswas, a 24-year-old engineer who worked as an executive in an Indian multinational company, was allegedly responsible for helping several Isis supporters with details of the border crossings to Syria so that they could join the terror group and wage a jihad.

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