SOURCE: The Telegraph

Police teams from 13 states, including Assam and Manipur, took part in a two-day workshop, organised by the European Union and the National Investigation Age-ncy (NIA) in New Delhi, to counter online threat of radicalisation.

An NIA official told The Telegraph that the workshop that began on Thursday deliberated on processes that lead to radicalisation and recruitment, propaganda networks of different terrorist organisations, tools to identify online extremist materials and their sources, and experiences of working with online service providers to block and remove such material.

“The participants also discussed the use of electronic evidence in counter-terrorism investigations as well as the mechanisms to legally prosecute producers and disseminators of terrorist e-propaganda,” the official added.

Police teams from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pra-desh, Delhi, Punjab, Goa, Jam-mu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Jharkhand, other central agencies and the European Union Agency for Law Enfor-cement Cooperation attended the first day of the workshop. Law enforcement agencies from Belgium, France and Spain also participated.

“Internet and social media have become one of the main vehicles used by extremists and terrorists organisations to incite violence and sow hatred in our societies. Technological changes have also allowed them to reach a much greater number of people than ever before. India and the EU are determined to cooperate closely together to stop their citizens, and especially their youth, from becoming prey to online radicalisation,” an NIA statement said.

Inaugurating the workshop, A.P. Maheshwari, director-general of the Bureau of Police Research and Development, said, “Online radicalisation is an area of concern that entails collaborated efforts by all segments of society, locally as well as globally, in order to contain its genesis, spread and violent outburst.”

The workshop assumes importance for Assam police as a report issued by the Union ministry of home affairs and the Intelligence Bureau in 2015 had said six states – Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bengal – were prone to ISIS threat.