The Maharashtra ATS has prevented nearly 120 Muslim youths from joining the Islamic State outfit and has utlilized the services of Maulanas to "deradicalize" them and bring them into the mainstream.
Police also took the help of the family members of these youths. This is a commendable step, both by police and the Islamic clerics.
Legally, it was easy for the police to file cases against these youths, but the officials opted for the difficult path of persuading these misguided souls.
Security agencies in Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala and Telangana should emulate this model because most of the Muslim youths who have been caught while joining ISIS belong to these states. This is how terrorism can be nipped in the bud.
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