Following the Lucknow episode of counter attack on suspects, it has been found that ISIS has areas wise modules. They use of social media in a big way and indoctrination is mostly done through the Internet. Further, the National Investigative Agency (NIA) data has revealed that most of the ISIS converts are educated Indians. While so far it was believed that the youth who were radicalised were mostly poor uneducated, but it has been learnt that all arrested persons were educated and were radicalised by the recruiters of the network that has established an Islamic caliphate in its governed parts of Syria and Iraq. The NIA data said 20 of the arrested Islamic State supporters were graduates and some even had degrees in technology or engineering.
Twelve had diplomas, four had attended school up to Class 12 and 13 were matriculates. Three even held post graduate degrees.
“Eighty per cent arrested IS accused had formal schooling while 20% went to madrasa,” according to the data analysis. In terms of the family background, 30 per cent belonged to middle income group and 13 per cent only were from lower income group.
According to NIA data, 12 of the arrested were from Maharashtra, 10 from Hyderabad, 11 from Kerala, five from Karnataka and West Bengal each, four from Uttar Pradesh, two from Rajasthan, three from Tamil Nadu and one each from Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
It further said most of the ISIS sympathisers followed Ahle Hadith — a puritannic Islamic school of thought, 30% Tablighi Jamat — a worldwide movement to preach fundamentals of Islam, and 20% Deobandi — the puritanical, revivalist Sunni Muslim movement that began in north India in 1867 and now carries a huge influence in Bangladesh, Pakistan and also parts of the United Kingdom.