The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has put 12 people suspected to be linked to the ISIS under watch after some of their activities related to Jammu and Kashmir cropped up. There is currently no real ISIS threat in the Valley, but there are attempts being made by the dreaded outfit to open shop in the state.
NIA has found Indian operatives trying to breathe life into a module in Kashmir at least on two occasions . The ISIS on its inception had prepared a map that it called the Global Islamic Council. The map that depicted the territory it planned on controlling also included the states of Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir.
In the month of January this year the NIA had arrested Mufti Abdul Sami Ghani, an alleged ideologue of the ISIS. During his questioning it was found that he had made two visits to Kashmir's Kupwara and Banihal. During the visits he made in 2014, he is said to have delivered speeches to a select group of youth who are now being suspected as part of an activity to set up modules in the state.
Further another arrest made in West Bengal recently in connection with an ISIS related case also led to a Kashmir link. The operative during his questioning had told the NIA that he had extensively surveyed the Dal Lake in a bid to target foreigners. He also said that they planned on carrying a knife attack at the Dal lake on foreigners so that they get international attention and also it would help set up a module in Kashmir.