Terror group Islamic State has allegedly written a letter to the Mumbai police commissioner’s office threatening to kill assistant commissioner of police Bhanupratap Barge and his family.Barge had de-radicalized a 16-year-old girl, a bright convent educated class XI student, studying in a city college from Pune who was in touch with the Islamic State and was being brain-washed by them.
According to the ATS officer, “The girl was interrogated by the ATS after monitoring her movements for many days on getting information about her. It confirmed her initiation by the ISIS. The interrogation of the girl revealed that she was ready to go to any extent to carry out the ISIS directive.”
The minor girl got attracted to IS ideology after watching a documentary on television and subsequently started regularly monitoring news on the Al Jazeera channel, according to the ATS
Barge had said, “Later, she used the internet to get in touch with ISIS contacts and got in touch with about 200 young persons from different countries. Her interrogation revealed that she was told to come to Syria for medical education and for further initiation.”
He said that the girl, who is highly intelligent, had recently changed her lifestyle and started wearing burqa, giving up jeans she used to wear before her exposure to the ISIS contacts. “Even her family members noticed the change in her and felt disturbed,” the ATS inspector said.
Pune has been under terrorist radar and had witnessed bomb blasts including the German Bakery blast that killed 17 persons including many foreigners in 2010.