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NIA for softer cases against youth saved from terror path

Agency saystheir families are more likely to report them

Taking forward a debate in government on whether to book young men stopped from joining terrorist organisations such as the Islamic State under stringent penal provisions, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has asked the Union Home Ministry to invoke “lighter” sections of the law against them.

The agency, which investigated the case of Areeb Majeed from Maharashtra, the only IS recruit who managed to return, has said that potential young terror recruits should be identified and “bind-down” orders issued against them.

The Bureau of Immigration, which records the movement of passengers to and from the country, has been asked to “study immigration patterns of Indians in a systematic manner and generate red flags”.

An official said that unlike western countries, where a potential IS recruiter comes on the radar just by his travel plans to the Middle East, that was difficult in India.

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