Hyderabad Commissioner of Police M. Mahendar Reddy on Saturday confirmed that an NRI teenager from Hyderabad had planned to join the Islamic State and went up to Turkey. However, he denied that the woman underwent any military training and joined the IS ranks.
The girl, aged 19, and hailing from the south of the city stayed in Qatar and went to Turkey along with another woman from her apartment building from that country. The two went till Turkey but later changed their mind. Eventually, the woman came to back to the city after contacting her parents, the official said, and added that the incident was reported two months ago.
According to the sources, the woman told the police that she planned to join the group but backed off after seeing the conditions in Syria and Iraq.
Mr. Reddy said that the city police are monitoring the activity on social networking sites and identifying those propagating IS ideology or hooked to it. “We counselled a few youngsters who are constantly hooked to online activities of IS. Their parents were asked to keep a tab on their activities as well and have been successful in the efforts.”