Posters asking youths to join ISIS found in Bihar, cops on alert

PATNA: A number of printed posters asking youths of Bihar to join dreaded international terrorist outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been found in the state’s southern Rohtas district, prompting police to issue a security alert and conduct a probe.

“At least three posters written in English and carrying the picture of a face-covered bearded cleric were found attached to electric poles in the Maoist-affected Nauhatta area. The posters had the name of ISIS and its flag,” said Manavjit Singh Dhillon, the superintendent of police (SP) of Rohtas, on Saturday.

Police were informed about the emergence of the posters by local villagers. A team of the district police visited the site - a remote village called Sikraulibigha - and collected the posters, said officials.

“Sikraulibigha is a remote village inhabited by mostly Hindus. There are only about ten Muslim families. We are conducting a probe to ascertain how these posters emerged in that remote village,” said Dhillon. The posters were computer printouts and were written in bad English, he added.

Sources said police suspect the phenomenon being the handiwork of the Maoists, who have long been active in the area but lately have been cornered due to intense police patrolling.

“The posters do not bear anyone’s name. We suspect this could be foul play by some local anti-socials or maybe the Maoists seeking to create fear in minds of the people, but we are probing all angles,” said Mohammad Anwar Javed Ansari, the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Dehri, who is in charge of the investigation of this matter.

Rohtas is one of the districts in Bihar affected by Maoism. A huge quantity of explosives suspected to have been stored for Maoist activities was seized from a godown at Basa in the district last month.The explosives included three bags of ammonium nitrate, ammonium phosphate, gelatin rods and as many as 6,000 detonators.

Meanwhile, two suspected ISIS "agents" have been apprehended by Assam Rifles (AR) personnel from the India-Myanmar border area in Manipur. According to security forces, the duo was nabbed on March 14 after specific intelligence about their movement at a border check post at Khudengthabi, while travelling to Moreh.



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