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Indian recruiter blows cover on social media

NEW DELHI -- An employee of the state-run Indian Oil Corp. (IOC) has been arrested by Rajastan state's Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) for allegedly trying to recruit young Muslims to the terror group Islamic State (IS).

     Mohammed Sirajuddin, an IOC marketing manager, is accused of promoting IS ideology on the Internet, grooming young boys and girls for induction, and other seditious activities.

     According to Alok Tripathi, a senior police officer with the ATS and the Special Operation Group, Sirajuddin is a native of the southern state of Karnataka and is employed by IOC in Jaipur, the Rajasthani capital.

     Tripathi said, Sirajuddin was active on social media using Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram and other forums to spread IS ideology, and had several issues of Dabiq, the terrorist organization's monthly online magazine.

     Sirajuddin formed a number of social network groups where he posted messages, photos and videos for IS recruitment, according to a police statement. Police are now looking for possible links to other members of the organization, Indian and foreign.

     IS is not believed to have had much success recruiting in India, which has some 170 million Muslims in an overall population of 1.25 billion. The government has taken steps to prevent its spread, and security measures have been reviewed in the aftermath of November's attacks on soft targets in Paris.

     New Delhi recently issued an advisory to state authorities concerning preventive measures in and around foreign missions, tourist spots and places visited by foreigners.

     The states were also told to review any intelligence on IS activities "to identify plans, targets, areas vulnerable to attack by terrorist organizations, and to take appropriate action to neutralize potential threats, if any," Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, the junior home minister, said in parliament on Dec. 9.

     Sirajuddin's activities have not so far affected IOC shares which rose 0.25% on Friday morning.

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