Senior officials, including those from the police of 12 states, were participating in the closed door meet in the national capital. The meeting, being chaired by Union Home Secretary LC Goyal, was being attended by the Home Secretaries and police chiefs of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Assam, Punjab, West Bengal and Delhi, the sources said.

The recent incidents of IS flag waving in Jammu and Kashmir and other related activities have alarmed the government, sources added. Various social media sites are also being watched by the government officials to keep track of the issue. Vigil is also being maintained over people who may get influenced  by the extremists' ideology.

"Attraction towards radical ideology of any religion is a matter of concern. We will have to put in place a system as there are inputs that many Indian youths are attracted to different extremist ideologies, including the 'Caliphate' promoted by ISIS," a Home Ministry official said.

"Counter-radicalisation efforts would include counselling of youths, convincing community elders to persuade the younger generation to not get influenced by any extremist ideology, monitoring of social media sites and taking of preventive steps," he said.

"The focus would also be on how to quickly respond to any report of youths planning to join terror groups like ISIS," the official said. According to an official estimate, around 25 youngsters have been identified across the country as having been attracted to the idea of ISIS and wanting to join the group.

In Telangana, 17 youths have been prevented from travelling to Syria and, recently, four from Maharashtra were also stopped from travelling to the Middle-East. Sources said that although none of the youths were arrested, they were kept under surveillance. They went through counselling and are living normal lives.
Maharashtra and Telangana have already put in place a model for dealing with ISIS-related cases. While there have been arrests in some cases, agencies realised that arrest should not be the first option. Till now, 11 Indians have been identified who joined ISIS, of whom five are reportedly dead.

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